Brent Naden set to play for Wests Tigers against Bulldogs just days after leaving Canterbury

Brent Naden will go from training with the Bulldogs on Monday morning to playing against them on Friday night as a mid-season NRL recruit for the Wests Tigers.

Tigers coach Michael Maguire confirmed on Thursday that Naden would play, while insisting he was not considering a switch in the opposite direction to join Canterbury in 2023.

Instead, he said his focus remains solely on turning around the Tigers’ tough start as they sit above only Canterbury on the ladder after 10 rounds.

And he is hoping Naden can be part of that.

The first man to exit Canterbury after Trent Barrett’s resignation as coach, Naden can give the Tigers some backline strike-power after he was named in jersey number 21 on Tuesday.

“It was great for us,” Maguire said.

“I met Brent some time ago and I have always kept an eye on his progress… it just became an opportunity when he became available.

Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire said the team had been looking for someone to attack out wide, and Naden was the right choice.(Getty Images: Albert Perez)

“Where we are at the moment, we have been looking for someone with strike out wide.

“I went back and had a look at his highlight reel from when he was at Penrith and he is a very talented centre.”

Bulldogs skipper Josh Jackson said the move had come as a shock, revealing Naden sent the squad a text message to announce his defection.

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