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The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have retained the services of Michael Lett for 2012 while centre/winger Luke MacDougall and prop James Gavet have also come on board ahead of the official start to pre-season training today.
Lett started in three NRL matches for the Bulldogs in 2011, scoring two tries, while he finished the NSW Cup season with a premiership after crossing for a double in the Grand Final.
Those two tries in the decider took Lett to a grand total of 28 for the year, scored in just 20 matches.
His retention on a one year deal gives the Bulldogs strike power out wide whilst also giving head coach Jim Dymock another option in the outside backs, with Lett having the ability to play wing, fullback and centre.
Gavet joins the Bulldogs from the New Zealand Warriors, where his form for feeder team and Bulldogs NSW Cup Grand Final opponent the Auckland Vulcans saw him judged the prop of the year in the NSW Cup.
The 22 year old has signed a two year deal with the Bulldogs.
Although uncapped at NRL level, Gavet has benefited from three years in the Warriors program, the past two of which have seen him in full time training with their NRL squad. He also featured in 18 matches for the Warriors Toyota Cup side during 2009.
MacDougall makes his return to action with the Bulldogs after sitting out the 2011 season following his decision to cut short a stint with English Rugby Union club Saracens in March.
A World Club Championship winner with the Melbourne Storm in early 2010, MacDougall started his career with Cronulla in 2002 and has also had stints at South Sydney, St. George-Illawarra, Newcastle and the Storm.
He is the youngest of the footballing MacDougall family, alongside older brothers Adam (Newcastle, South Sydney, NSW & Australia) and Ben (Western Suburbs, Newcastle, Northern Eagles, Manly, Melbourne & Scotland RU).