KEY MAN: Moses Mbye, left, will be looking to inject himself from the back of the playing field.
KEY MAN: Moses Mbye, left, will be looking to inject himself from the back of the playing field. Patrick Woods

Moses finds solid form in new position

RUGBY LEAGUE: After an off-season of sweeping changes at Belmore, the Bulldogs showed some promising signs by beating the Raiders in a trial at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday with Noosa Pirates product Moses Mbye solid in his first outing as fullback.

Under new coach Dean Pay and with new play-maker Kieran Foran, the Bulldogs won 16-12 with a last-gasp try in front of 5324 spectators.

Mbye before the game said he was eagerly anticipating his first outing in his new spot after playing in the halves or hooker and this season being thrust into the position during the off-season, by incoming coach Dean Pay.

He's accepted the challenge and is intent on making it work.

"I'm really looking forward to it. I'm not too nervous about it. I'm quite confident actually.”

Aside from a couple of games at fullback as a 16-year-old at the Noosa Pirates, it's unfamiliar territory for Mbye.

"It's probably the most enjoyable pre-season I've had,” he said.

"We've got a really good crew within the club and a lot of great mentors who are helping me learn the new trade. I'm excited to apply myself in my first hit-out.”

With guidance from assistant coaches Steve Antonelli and David Penna, along with Pay himself, Mbye has been learning the ropes.

"The work-rate has increased and it's the finer things, like the ability to read the game,” he said.

"Probably the most challenging aspect of playing fullback is the amount of talking you're doing and setting your defensive line.”

Mbye certainly didn't ask to play fullback.

"Dean's a straight up-and-down coach... he gives you a truth and tells you how it is.”

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