"If I was him I might have stayed with the Raiders"

NSWRL

​True Blue Steve 'Blocker' Roach believes Nick Cotric made a mistake by signing with Canterbury-Bankstown with the Raiders better placed to achieve success in the near-future after coming off a successful 2019 NRL campaign which saw them make the Grand Final. 

The Bulldogs announced the marquee signing of Cotric on a lucrative three-year deal on Wednesday with the 21-year-old to depart Canberra at the end of the season. ​

“I’m interested to see if he wants to play in the centres, (and) if that's the reason he signed with the Bulldogs, or if he might have just wanted a fresh start," Roach said on ​Behind Blue Eyes. 

“If I was him I might have stayed at the Raiders (because) they look like they’re going to be good for the next decade.”​

The nature of the contract has​ many pundits suggesting that Cotric would be best placed at centre for the embattled club rather than wing. 

However, Roach believes a positional switch is unnessecary given there is greater responsibility on wingers to finish off backline movements and take tough carries out of the backfield.

“If you have a look at it now, the back-three (of a side) are the most important,” Roach said. 

“Centres used to be the most important (position) in the whole side but when you have a look at the back-three and look at the wingers (these days), playing there is arguably more important than playing in the centres.

"Look at how they finish tries and bring the football back (for kick-returns)."

Cotric has played 80 first-grade games for Canberra since his first-grade debut in 2017 and has earned representative honours with the Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues and Australian Kangaroos last year.  

He joins English forward Luke Thompson as major coups for the Bulldogs, who also announced the signing of Trent Barrett as their new head coach following the departure of Dean Pay two weeks ago. 

They currently sit last on the competition ladder and will take on an in-form Newcastle Knights outfit in Round 11 on Sunday. ​