Bulldogs star Matt Burton has no quick plans on becoming a member of the NFL however says a transfer to the States might occur “down the track” after his agent revealed again in 2022 that scouts had approached him to participate within the mix as a punter.
The 23-year-old is locked in at Canterbury till the top of the 2027 season and is the man they hope to construct round as they give the impression of being to finish their finals drought.
But Burton hasn’t dominated out a possible transfer to the NFL when his NRL profession ends, together with his booming boot already catching the attention of expertise scouts who’re impressed by his cling time and talent to belt the ball out of hassle.
Australian punters have executed properly within the NFL, with Mitch Wishnowsky on the point of play for San Francisco within the NFC Conference Championship for a spot within the Super Bowl.
“Maybe down the track,” Burton instructed the Lets Trot podcast.
“You never know.
“It’d be a mad job to go over there, kick the footy and get paid a motza.
“I’m a bit young now and it’s a big move. I don’t know.”
Burton has the boot to make it within the NFL, and his agent David Riolo revealed scouts had observed him.
“Look, that is not on our radar at this stage. He has been approached by scouts to do stuff like that (the NFL combine) and kick,” Riolo stated on The Bye Round with James Graham again in 2022.
“He could do it tomorrow the way he kicks a ball, but he wants to play footy and he is only young and has goals.”
Burton’s towering kicks have resulted in rival fullbacks and wingers waking up in swimming pools of sweat at evening after getting flashbacks about a few of his vicious spiral bombs, with the playmaker unleashing his deadly left foot after placing it away whereas at Penrith.
“We had a little house in Dubbo, there was a street, and I’d just go there after school putting up ‘torpees’ (torpedo bombs),” he stated.
“If it didn’t land back in the street then it’d hit a car or land in someone else’s street.
“I’d just be nailing torpees for ages and that’s where it came along.
“Going to Penrith and playing in the centres, I didn’t really get the opportunity to put any up.
“Being in the halves, I got the opportunity to put them up. Hitting a couple in Origin, that sort of took off and everyone got behind it. That’s where the Burto bomb started.”
While his kicking sport is spectacular, Burton might want to do much more to assist Canterbury bounce again following a disastrous 2023 in Cameron Ciraldo’s first 12 months in cost.
While Burton and Reed Mahoney are locked in, the backbone will look very totally different with the likes of Blake Taaffe and Stephen Crichton combating for the fullback spot, whereas there are a number of choices to play halfback.
“They’ve both been training the house down,” Burton stated when requested who would play fullback in spherical 1.
“It comes down to ‘Ciro’ and who’s training the best in those positions.
“It’s obviously good having a lot of depth there in all those positions this year.”