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Bunnies Chasing The Dogs
South Sydney has swooped on three Bulldogs players to bolster its ranks as coach Paul Langmack attempts to instill a "Canterbury-like" culture into the National Rugby League club.
Bulldogs trio Glenn Hall, Todd Polglase and Shane Marteene have been signed to two year contracts with the Rabbitohs, currently last on the NRL table.
"Hall and Polglase are young, talented players with a big future in the red and green," said Langmack.
"Shane Marteene is a seasoned professional who will bring some much needed backline experience to the Rabbitohs.
"We are looking to try and build a culture at the club similar to that of the great Canterbury sides of the 1980s - if you are not committed and not willing to train hard, you aren't going to be playing for us."
Prop Hall, 22, is the pick of the three signings, with the 2002 NSW Residents representative earning high praise from Souths captain Bryan Fletcher.
"Glenn Hall is an excellent acquisition for Souths," said Fletcher.
"He's the type of ground eating, intimidating young prop we need to complement Paul Stringer and returning front rower Scott Geddes next season."
Geddes underwent a knee reconstruction in February that ruled him out for the year.
The Bulldogs are desperate to hold on to Nigel Vagana, the NRL's best centre, and had to make some sacrifices following last year's salary cap scandal.
Hall, fullback Polglase, 22, and winger Marteene, 26, have been the victims and there could be others departing, with Vagana, Steve Reardon, Dennis Scott and Ben Harris yet to re-sign with the `Dogs.