Bulldogs halfback Matt Frawley.

Bulldogs five-eighth Matt Frawley is exploring his options as his contract at Canterbury expires at the end of the 2018 season.

The 23-year is unlikely to be offered another contract at the Dogs, with Kieran Foran, Lachlan Lewis and Jeremy Marshall-King already signed for next year and Knights Jack Cogger joining the club.

Frawley said his manager has been in talks with several NRL clubs and while he would like to remain in the NRL, the option of heading over to the English Super League is in the cards as a last resort.

"Ideally I probably would've liked to have it sorted a little bit earlier than now but a few things are happening so it will be sorted in the next couple of weeks," Frawley said.

"You have to assess all your options as there's plenty of competition here (at Canterbury) for spots in the halves.

"[My manager] has had discussions with different clubs and here.

"Obviously my first choice is to stay in Australia but if an opportunity come up elsewhere then I'd have to assess it. I'm still pretty young and I see myself as a player that could play in the NRL."

In recent weeks the Bulldogs have proven they are more than capable of competing with teams in the top eight, having defeated the Broncos 36-22 and the Warriors 27-26.

Frawley said the side have finally gained some confidence and with not much to play for at this point, they are enjoying testing themselves against the top teams.

"We've improved as a team in the last four to five weeks and we're confident with our footy now - we feel as though we can match it with the best teams," Frawley said.

"I think we play our best footy when we're playing teams in the top eight and I think we've proven that in the last couple of weeks."

Teammate Rhyse Martin said once they knew a finals appearance was no longer in the cards, the side set themselves a challenge to make it interesting for the top eight teams by giving them a hard time.

"We had a goal to shape up the ladder," Martin said.

"When we found out we weren't going to make the top eight, we didn't want to give up on the season so we set ourselves a little goal to finish strong."

The Bulldogs' next target will be the Dragons at Jubilee Oval on Sunday, a game in which prop Aiden Tolman said the forwards that hold the key to their success.

"I'm looking forward to it; we haven't played at Kogarah for a few years now so it's exciting to go back to those grounds for the traditional rivalry between us and them," Tolman said.

"They have quality right across the park and for us in the middle that's where the job needs to be done first. We're going to have to stop their go forward and their power through the middle and their punch.

"If we can control them then I'm sure off the back of that we can score some points, as we've been doing the last few weeks."