Ciraldo not concerned young pups will grow big heads

Canterbury coach Cameron Ciraldo is not concerned that a week of high praise for his NRL rookies will have the Bulldogs getting ahead of themselves.

Cameron Ciraldo is confident his young pups won't be fooled into thinking they are big dogs already after a week of hype around Canterbury's rising talent.

Rookies Paul Alamoti and Jacob Preston have both received high praise this week, while winger Jacob Kiraz tops the NRL's Dally M leaderboard in his first full season.

The Bulldogs are also eyeing their best start to a season since 2016 and a win over the Warriors on Sunday will give them a 3-1 record, putting them on the verge of the top four.

But Ciraldo is not concerned his young troops will get ahead of themselves.

"They are humble kids, there is no ego amongst them," the Canterbury coach said.

"I know they're getting some praise at the moment but they have won two games. We haven't put in a complete performance.

"Those guys have played really well, but we understand that's not where we want to go.

"We don't want to win two games. We want a lot more of that."

Ciraldo's comments come after winger Josh Addo-Carr declared this week his inside man Alamoti had the potential to be one of the world's best centres.

"He loves a headline Foxx," Ciraldo said when asked about the remark.

"We are really happy with Paul. He is three games into his NRL career, we love him. But I'm not going to put any pressure on him.

"He is on a journey himself, he has started really well but the NRL is about being consistent and doing that every week.

"He is a humble kid and he comes from a humble family. He's keeping himself really grounded at the moment."

Canterbury flew out to Auckland on Thursday in a bid to spend more time together as a relatively new-look team this year.

Matt Burton has overcome a groin injury and is set to kick goals after moving freely in training, but Ciraldo has warned forward Tevita Pangai is still some time away from returning.

"We're really excited about what he is going to be able to bring us when he gets back on the field," Ciraldo said.

"But we're not going to rush him, you don't rush calves. He's still a few weeks away."