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20 stars for 2022 | Paul Alamoti

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldog Paul Alamoti is an emerging footballer that everyone’s got their eye on at Belmore.

Alamoti, who turns 18 in January, is one of the best strike centres coming through the junior representative grades. He recently agreed to terms with the Bulldogs until the end of 2023.

Although not yet a household name, the former Milperra Colt announced himself during the opening round of 2021 in what was his first SG Ball Cup appearance, while still being eligible to play in Harold Matthews Cup.

As the Bulldogs trailed by two points with less than 20 minutes remaining, Alamoti took hold of the result himself scoring two tries and a penalty goal in the 67th minute, securing a 24-16 victory for his side.

In Alamoti’s six SG Ball matches he scored five tries and set up four, made five line-breaks, had four line-break assists and threw seven offloads, all while averaging 104 run metres and six tackles busts per game.

Unsurprisingly, his performance in that period earned Alamoti a debut appearance in the Jersey Flegg Cup – the NSWRL’s U21s competition – at just 17 years of age.

Moving forward to 2022, this future star has been fast-tracked into Canterbury-Bankstown’s top-30 squad with new football manager Phil Gould wasting no time in September to promote Alamoti into the NRL fold as soon as he is eligible.

Along with many new recruits joining Trent Barrett’s Bulldogs this coming year and the next, the signature of local product Alamoti is another step towards a new era that is building at Belmore.