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Woods' arrival will squeeze Dogs: Morris

Canterbury players have spoken about the possible signing of big-name player Aaron Woods.

Woods' arrival will squeeze Dogs: Morris

Canterbury players have spoken about the possible signing of big-name player Aaron Woods.

Canterbury's imminent big-money signing of Aaron Woods is likely to mean players could be squeezed out due to salary cap pressure, says star centre Josh Morris.

Woods is believed to be close to finally ending weeks of speculation about his future when he commits to the Bulldogs on a long-term deal, ending a long association with Wests Tigers.


Despite facing his possible future club this weekend, the Tigers captain was photographed having lunch with a handful of Bulldogs players on Wednesday, including Adam Elliott.

"I got there late so I paid for the three of us and I think he might've shouted the boys on the way out, I'm not sure. He's a good fella like that," Elliott joked on Thursday.

Woods' NSW State of Origin teammates David Klemmer and Josh Jackson were also present, and are likely to be key factors in Woods' decision to switch camps.

"Everyone knows how close him and Klem are, and he's been on tours and stuff with Jacko. I'd say that is something that would interest Woodsy," Elliott said.

"It's always good coming to a place when you know you've got relationships with people already there. And the fact that he's played with them in rep sides as well goes to show they're the same calibre sort of player he is. I'd say that is something that's pretty attractive to him."

However Woods' possible arrival could spell the end of a number of players at Belmore, with skipper James Graham, Moses Mbye and Morris linked with moving on.

Morris said he had yet to be tapped on the shoulder by the club or his management, but admitted the club's search for high-profile players means someone would be forced out.

"It would be nice to have a front-rower of his calibre. We've got some pretty good ones here. It'd be nice to have him as an addition," Morris said.

"But obviously if he comes, players have got to go. I guess it's up to the club and their decision on what they want to do with him."

The veteran centre said while players had come out in support of coach Des Hasler ahead of his new deal three weeks ago, he knows loyalty isn't always a two-way street.

Morris comes off-contract in 2018.

"(Loyalty would) be nice to have, but at the same time you've got to be a realist. Football is a business these days," he said.

"If you're going to have a player like Aaron Woods come to the club, then players have got to move on. That's up to the club to decide. We've just got to focus on football and winning."

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