Trent Barrett expects Friday’s showdown between the Bulldogs and Raiders to be a big one for utility company Adam Elliott in Canberra.
Trent Barrett expects Adam Elliott to have a “point to prove” when he faces the Bulldogs for the first time since the club suspended him after repeated off-field indiscretions.
Elliott was fined $10,000 by the NRL and down for two games from the Bulldogs after being caught in the bathroom of a Queensland facility with NRLW player Millie Boyle late last season.
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The so-called “toilet tryst” ultimately proved to be the final straw for Elliott, who previously made headlines for his role in the club’s infamous 2018 Mad Monday celebrations and for an incident involving former teammate Michael Lichaa’s wife.
The Bulldogs parted ways with Elliott, who still had two years left on his contract, but the Canberra Raiders threw him a lifeline for the 2022 season.
Elliott has begun to repay confidence in the nation’s capital, most recently earning all three Dally M points in Canberra’s round 8 loss to the Warriors.
For their next assignment, the Raiders will meet Canterbury on Friday and Elliott’s former coach said the game would likely be extra important for the Canberra recruit.
“I think he’ll have a point to prove. He probably won’t say it, but I think he will,” Barrett said.
Elliott started hooker for the first time in his NRL career last weekend and Barrett said he wasn’t surprised to see him blossom there.
“He’s doing a good job for them,” Barrett said.
“He’s a footballer, Adam. He can play in multiple positions.”
Barrett said the Raiders had attacking power across the park and the side would be hungry to take the win ahead of co-captain Jarrod Croker, who is lining up for his first game of the season.
“(Elliott) is one of many we have to take care of. We will have to go down with a very good attitude,” he said.
“Canberra in Canberra is always a challenge, it’s a tough road trip.
“They’re getting Croker back and I’m sure that will give them plenty of motivation.”
The Bulldogs welcome their own captain back for the game. Josh Jackson returns to the side after Covid-19 ruled him out from last week’s shocking win over the Roosters.
“He didn’t really get too crooked,” Barrett said.
‘It will be good to have him back. We missed him in certain areas last week. It’s always good to get your captain back.”
Barrett said the Bulldogs would not allow the upset win to make them complacent as they head off against the Raiders, who have lost their last five games.
“We have to support it if we want to propel ourselves up,” he said.
“We have to string together back-to-back games.”