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Flanagan joins Barrett's Bulldogs rebuild on three-year deal

The Bulldogs have confirmed the signing of halfback Kyle Flanagan for the next three seasons.

The Bulldogs made the announcement on Tuesday morning after Flanagan had confirmed his departure from Bondi on Instagram on Monday night with a series of photos from his season captioned "shocked and disappointed", before going on to thank the club and its fans.

"Shocked and Disappointed. I want to thank everyone involved with my time at the @sydneyroosters. A rollercoaster year but full of memories I’ll remember forever. To the fans, I appreciate the ongoing support, it’s been unreal. To the lads, I loved every minute with you boys. #1191," he wrote in the post.

The 22 year-old's departure comes after just 12 months as Cooper Cronk's No.7 successor.

Meanwhile, departing Storm speedster Josh Addo-Carr wants to take on a leadership role mentoring young players as a player trade involving Canterbury's Reimis Smith gains traction with the 2020 premiers.

Addo-Carr's whirlwind season continues on Wednesday when he goes into NSW Origin camp, three days after crowning his last game for Melbourne with a second premiership in four seasons. understands the Tigers original four-year offer for Addo-Carr remains the only contract tabled to his camp at this stage.

However, Canterbury's interest has firmed recently behind the scenes.

Discussions around where he lands in 2021 will ramp up as well now his club commitments are over, with the Bulldogs joining Wests Tigers in pursuit of the NRL's fastest man.

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Smith has been touted as the potential replacement Melbourne have always said they required before Addo-Carr's return to Sydney on compassionate grounds could be completed.

It is understood Smith, who has scored 25 tries in 49 Bulldogs appearances, would be entertained by Melbourne as a suitable option after several others – including Alex Johnston and David Nofoaluma were pursued unsuccessfully earlier this year.

Smith is contracted to Canterbury for next season and it is unclear whether he would be willing to make a Melbourne move.

Coincidentally, the 23-year-old and Addo-Carr crossed paths from time to time growing up in Redfern's Indigenous community, but never played against each other as Mascot and La Perouse juniors respectively.

Rightfully so after enjoying a superb run of form into Sunday's win over Penrith, Addo-Carr is unfazed by the uncertainty around his future leading into a three-week Origin campaign.

Asked if he would look to fast-track negotiations now his club campaign is wrapped up, Addo-Carr said: "I'm not too fussed, to be honest.

"I've got good support behind me [so] all I've got to do is worry about my football and the rest will settle itself.

"There's a fair few clubs but there's no one 100% at the moment.

"I'll just leave it up to my manager, he's going to try and get the best deal for me. But I'm just going to enjoy the moment."

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A move from the wing to fullback looms at the Tigers or Canterbury, and one the 25-year-old international has entertained in recent times.

But coming from arguably Australian sport's most successful club, and with two premiership rings from three grand final appearances, Addo-Carr is keen to take on more off-field duties as well, regardless of wherever he plays on it.

"Fullback's not new to me," he said.

"Wherever I go, if the coach wants me to play fullback, I'll play fullback. I'll play wherever I'm needed. It definitely won't be the same.

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"No other team is like Melbourne. No other team is from Melbourne. I've definitely grown as a player and I'd like to think I'm an experienced player now.

"I've played in a few big games now. I'd like to help younger fellas come through the ranks at whatever club I go to.

"I like helping people too. So I'd like to share my experience with other rugby league players to see them grow and thrive."

Addo-Carr's influence in the Storm's Sunshine Coast bubble has been noted by club insiders of late.

After 73 tries from just 96 games for the Victorian powerhouse, Addo-Carr paid tribute to the impact Craig Bellamy and the club have had on him as a player and a person.

"I'm going to miss the boys," he said.

"We've got a really close bond. We're all close. I'm going to miss Craig, everyone here at the Storm.

"Learning from Smithy [Cameron Smith], Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk, Will Chambers, leaning from all those fellas and growing as a player.

"Only good people are at this club. You definitely grow as a person and as a player.

"It's an absolute pleasure playing alongside these boys and being a part of it, creating some history. And no one can take this away from us."

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