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5 reasons to be excited about the Bulldogs in NRL season 2018

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  1. playon

    playon Forum Regular

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    CAN a new coach, a new culture, and a couple of marquee recruits turn Canterbury’s fortunes around?

    Here are five reasons for Bulldogs fans to get excited about 2018.

    NEW COACH
    As soon as the points started drying up on the field, fans started turning their attention to the coach.

    The cries got louder that Des Hasler lacked the famous Bulldogs DNA, that the coach they called the mad scientist was suffocating his footy team with paralysis by analysis.

    The cries got so loud he was shown the door even though he had signed an extension in April.

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    His sacking opened the door for the Belmore club to return to its roots.

    And they did exactly that when they appointed Dean Pay as head coach, a former player who wore the blue and white of the Dogs 108 times.

    DOGS CULTURE
    For years now, fans and former greats alike have lamented the erosion of the club’s culture.

    Under Hasler they had moved away from the values and the history that earned them the tags of the entertainers and the ‘Dogs of War’.

    In a bid to recapture the essence of what it means to be the ‘Bulldogs’, everything that is old is being made new again at Canterbury.

    A new Captain’s Circle of former club greats has been established, including the likes of Steve Mortimer, Terry Lamb, Andrew Ryan, Peter Tunks and George Peponis. Together they led the Dogs to their last five premierships and they’ve been tasked with handing down the club’s ethos of success to current players.

    “My role is to support the club and support Deano as coach and to come down and have a beer with the players after the game,” Lamb said.

    “Let the players know who we are and what we did at the club.”

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    KIERAN FORAN
    You can sugar coat it any which way you like, Foran has disappointed as a marquee recruit at both his previous clubs – the Eels and the Warriors.

    There’s his dodgy hamstring, an injury which only seems to be more troublesome as time goes by. Then add the fact that the man who helped secure his signature has been shown the door and all of a sudden their highest profile recruit comes with the highest of stakes.

    But there’s still reason to be excited about Foran, especially if his presence helps unlock the potential in Moses Mbye’s game.

    Mbye is not a halfback and his ability has been stifled in that position. The weaknesses in his game as a half are Foran’s strengths – his game management, his capacity to direct and general kicking.

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    With Foran taking over those responsibilities, Mbye is released from the pressure of having to organize. A move which could prove fruitful to his naturally running game and in turn, to the Bulldogs’ flailing attack.

    AARON WOODS
    Filling the void left by James Graham seems like an insurmountable task but the addition off Woods helps soften the blow. The NSW and Australian Test forward is a no-nonsense prop that will get the job done. His strength is to truck the ball forward and he averaged 160 metres per game this year for the Tigers. Woods’ addition could also have a ripple effect on David Klemmer’s game. The Blues and Roos bash brothers take their bromance into clubland and their bond on and off the field can only be fruitful for both their games.

    MICHAEL LICHAA
    Remember when Michael Lichaa was considered the best up-and-coming attacking hooker in the game? New coach Dean Pay does. He worked with Lichaa at the junior representative level and knows exactly what he is capable of. With one foot out the door at the time, Lichaa admitted his natural game had been stifled under Des Hasler’s coaching.

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    The 23-year-old looked like a different player in the last three rounds of the season and while playing for Lebanon in the World Cup. He returned to his natural game as a running rake and even put up a man of the match type performance against the Dragons in round 26. The Bulldogs struggled to score points this year and a probing hooker can help give Canterbury’s attack a new lease on life in 2018.


    https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/s...8/news-story/e510f737e27d6e8697929c3293a726c7
     
  2. Mr Invisible

    Mr Invisible Super Mod Staff Member Premium Member Gilded

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    Had been posted previously, but I think it was within a thread.
     
  3. playon

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    my bad Mr I hadn't noticed it....delete if you like :)
     
  4. _G-Dog_

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    Love that photo with the former great having a hand on Dean Pay..

    looks like a genuine family club feel is back
     
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  5. Junkey

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    I am excited for 2018 as hopefully a new Board will be in place
     
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  6. Junkey

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    Polishing the proverbial
     
  7. doggieaaron

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    Seeing our coach smile and not be a grumpy cunt is a pleasant change
     
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    I hope the expendables 4 is a success .
     

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  9. Dognacious

    Dognacious Super Moderator Staff Member Premium Member Gilded

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    I only needed 1 reason to be excited for the 2018 season. No Des.
     
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  10. Gareth

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    Looks awkward as fuck.
     
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  11. Fear.The.Roo

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    Lol
    Remember when you and I argued when I wanted Des gone

    Lol

    Haha
    Sorry
    I had to bring it up
     
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    Lol
    It looked set up for the camera that's for sure

    But the smiles look honest like they were laughing at what they were being asked to do
     
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  13. Dognacious

    Dognacious Super Moderator Staff Member Premium Member Gilded

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    That must have been a small window ive not liked Des for ages. And wanted to give Dymock a go over Des at the start. Anyway just glad its over.
     
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