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  1. Howard Moon

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    The Dogs don't stay down for long.
     
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  2. c-b-b

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    The aim and mindset must be finals footy every year.

    You can't go into the season saying we won't play finals football like Pay said in an article a few weeks back about 2020.

    They've just to keep playing with the belief and intent they have over the last part of the season.
     
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  3. no1bulldog

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    I’m not going to get carried away about next year we did similar last year an played like a busted arse this year until we were no hope of finals and we had nothing to lose.

    We are still in real need of a decent hooker, half, centre, winger and dynamic prop
     
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  4. GDR

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    considering what weve seen over the last 10 or so weeks, I think anything short of top 8 would not be acceptable..
     
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  5. Moedogg

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    I think the only interruption to our team will be injuries and suspension. Hopefully Foran can stay on the park... The team that we have now plus Stimson, etc have proven that they can beat top 8 teams so should be good enough to compete week in week out next year... Origin will not affect us so I expect nothing less than a top 8 finish.
     
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  6. Jabba the Mutt

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    I think this is a really good point D-v....particularly the word 'grunt'.

    When Jacko grabbed Brown (Parra) with the ref standing there - and the rest of the boys reacted - I thought...."You beauty....good stuff!"
    Then last week we were constantly bending a very formidable Bronco's pack backwards until we were eventually running straight through them.

    All of those signs showed grunt and a mongrel I haven't seen in a while....and I liked it.
    I'm looking forward to watching this squad (with additions) take some of the big boys 'out' next year and make some decent strides up the ladder!

    I believe that we have the makings for a very good 2020.

    Go Dogs!
     
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  7. Howard Moon

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    I honestly don't think many teams would have done better than what we have done in a similar situation... I mean you take Foran away and there is barely 100 games in our spine put together (pre DWZ)... onwards and upwards
     
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  8. Alan79

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    We never lacked effort in the opening stages of this year. But many of our early losses reminded me that our squad was very light on experience and prone to compounding errors. At times we got ourselves into a good position to mount pressure but pushed one too many passes and let our opponents get momentum back. We'd follow that up by looking like we panicked and coughed up the ball coming out of our own end.

    I've trained some people in a few jobs and know that nerves can make competent people drop their marbles under pressure in jobs where they aren't under a portion of the scrutiny of the NRL. So I can easily forgive our poor start to the season. I can forgive Pay for not being able to get them playing calm football in those situations.

    I don't expect smooth sailing next year. We will still shoot ourselves in the foot in some games. But hopefully the youngsters in the team have gained enough experience to not fall apart under pressure. If they've been able to gain some composure to take into the early games of next season we'll be a far better team through the first half of the season.
     
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  9. Scoooby

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    Shaping up for a good year in 2020, I think top 8 is definitely achievable !! And if we carry the back end of 2019 form into the first 4/5 rounds and get a quick start, we will be looking very good. Be nice to see us he up there competing with the best again...!!
     
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  10. DT

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    Though it's been long enough already
     
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  11. djdeep4172

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    Canterbury coach Dean Pay says the Bulldogs are in the position to carry forward the momentum from the 2019 season after winning five of their last six NRL games.

    Canterbury coach Dean Pay insists it won’t be a case of deja vu with his side ready to carry their late-season momentum into 2020.

    The Bulldogs won five of their last six games to end the year, including Saturday night’s final-round 30-14 win over Brisbane.

    They have arguably been one of the form teams of the competition, having notched up wins over finalists South Sydney, Parramatta and the Broncos.

    But the fact is Canterbury found themselves in a similar position at the end of last year, unearthing future talent as they won four of their last six in 2018.
    It came to little fruition though, as they won just three of their opening 14 games this year to be out of the finals hunt.

    But Pay said the club was now in a far better position to capitalise, with minimal roster changes expected and their first-choice starting 17 still intact for next year.

    “It’s a totally different group,” Pay said.

    “The year before we lost a wealth of experience through the Morrises (Brett and Josh), (Moses) Mbye, (David) Klemmer – you can name a number of them.

    “This year we started with the youngest group in the comp and we’ve built our season on what we’ve done.
    “We’re going to have a similar group next year and some of our young boys have got 25 games in them now.

    “There is a lot of hard work to do. We’ve got to make sure we’re ready to go in round one and we can put some performances in we can be pleased with.”

    Pay was most impressed with his team’s attack against the Broncos.

    They went past 18 points in a match for just the fifth time this year, and will still finish the season in 12th after at one stage looking set for a battle to avoid the wooden spoon.

    However, they know things must be turned around next year, after missing the finals for three straight years for the first time since the 1960s.

    “As a group it’s about us being a better footy team each and every week,” Pay said.

    “We need to make sure we get ourselves to a level of performance we are happy with. We’re aiming to be a top-four team and that’s what our aim is.

    “Are we there yet? No. And we’re a fair way off it. But we want to keep working towards it.
    “We’re all on this journey together and hopefully we can get what we’re looking for.”
     
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  12. James zac

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    I’ve got feeling we will be next years Canberra or there about surprise packet of 2020 looking forward to it big time
     
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    Different team last year and the start of this one it had a different feel the end of this year
     
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  14. bradyk

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    I'll be happy to finish outside the bottom 4 again. If we can finish around 10th it'll really set up the 2021 season which is the big one for me where I think we should be pushing for top 8. We have to remember we're not the only club that's going to improve during the off season. I think we're getting a little carried away again with "not making the top 8 isn't acceptable". For me if we finish top 8 it's an over achievement whereas if we finish bottom 4 it's an underachievement (maybe even saying bottom 4 is an underachievement is harsh, I just really don't want to see it).
     
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  15. wendog33

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    This must be exactly the expectation of every Bulldogs fan from Pay and the players for 2020.

    Done it for past 8 weeks. Were competitive, fit, committed and successful.

    The bar has been set!
     
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  16. wendog33

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    Let's hope Toddy gives us a better draw!
     
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    Nothing wrong with criticising the coach, I for one supportered Pay from the very beginning but I did have a couple of months this year where I thought he needed to go. Now I'm back on the Pay train lol.
     
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    I was one of Pays biggest haters, but the end to this year, imo, was completely different to last.

    For 1 this year we have done it for longer and 2, after the bye it looked like the team bought into something Pay was selling and we won off defense.
     
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    I think you're the one that needs fixing. You've probably mind screwed yourself anyway
     
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  20. Howard Moon

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    haha cheers.. just a brief hiatus from social media and forums etc whilst doing some study for my job
     
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