2022-05-04 02:09:00

Trent Barrett expects Adam Elliott will have a “point to prove” when he faces the Bulldogs for the first time since the club axed him following repeated off-field indiscretions.

Elliott was fined $10,000 by the NRL and stood down for two games by the Bulldogs after he was caught in the bathroom of a Queensland establishment with NRLW player Millie Boyle late last season.

The so-called “toilet tryst” eventually proved the last straw for Elliott, who previously made headlines for his role in the club’s notorious 2018 Mad Monday celebrations and for an incident involving the wife of former teammate Michael Lichaa.

The Bulldogs parted ways with Elliott, who had two years to run on his contract, but the Canberra Raiders threw him a lifeline for the 2022 season.

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Elliott has begun to repay the faith in the nation’s capital, most recently earning all three Dally M points in Canberra’s round 8 loss to the Warriors.

For their next assignment, the Raiders host Canterbury on Friday and Elliott’s former coach said the game would likely hold extra significance for the Canberra recruit.

“He will, I suppose, have a point to prove. He probably won’t say it but I guess he will,” Barrett said.

Adam Elliott is finding his feet in Canberra. Picture: Ashley Feder/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Elliott started at hooker for the first time in his NRL career last weekend and Barrett said he was unsurprised to see him flourish there.

“He’s doing a good job for them,” Barrett said.

“He’s a footballer, Adam. He can play a number of positions.”

Barrett said the Raiders had strike power across the park and the side would be hungry to get the win for co-captain Jarrod Croker, who is lining up for his first game of the season.

“(Elliott) is one of many that we’re going to have to look after. We’re going to have to go down there with a really good attitude,” he said.

“Canberra in Canberra is always a challenge, it’s a tough road trip.

“They’re getting Croker back and I’m sure that’ll give them enough motivation.”

The Bulldogs get captain Josh Jackson back this week. Picture: Ian Hitchcock/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

The Bulldogs are welcoming their own captain back for the game. Josh Jackson returns to the side after Covid-19 ruled him out of last week’s shock win over the Roosters.

“He didn’t really get too crook,” Barrett said.

“It’ll be good to have him back. We missed him in certain areas last week. It’s always good to get your captain back.”

Barrett said the Bulldogs wouldn’t allow the upset win to make them complacent heading into the clash with the Raiders, who have lost their last five games.

“We’ve got to back it up if we want to propel ourselves up the table,” he said.

“We need to string back-to-back games together.”

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