Relishing his future in the fullback position, Moses Mbye has welcomed the challenge ahead under new coach Dean Pay.
After two inconsistent seasons at halfback, Mbye believes a change was inevitable.
“It’s a big move,” Mbye told NRL.com
“I’ve done a few training sessions at the back so far. Under the high ball will be one aspect to the challenge but it’s only a small one.
“It will be more the positional stuff and learning the game from there. We’ll go through pre-season trials in February and get a good gauge of how I’m going and what we’re going to do.”
Mbye is not the first half to fullback transition at the Bulldogs with Ben Barba wearing the No.1 in 2011 and remarkably winning the prestigious Dally M Award a year later.
Mbye has been disappointed with his performance. However, after conversations with Pay, he’s comfortable with a positional switch.
“I hadn’t met Dean prior to his appointment in September,” Mbye said.
“There have been a few question marks alongside my name for a couple of years with what position suits me and my playing style.
“The role I was playing as a halfback is the pinnacle of domestic rugby league and you’ve got to wear the pressure with it. You put yourself under pressure to perform and be successful.
“He’s now got a new job for me and has let me know what he wants me to do. I’ve just got to keep learning and apply myself the best I can.”
Mbye claims that the arrival of Pay has settled the playing squad, describing his teammates as ‘relaxed’.
“He knows what it’s about,” Mbye said.
“He’s grown up playing for the Bulldogs and is bringing that to the culture now. It’s a clean slate, he doesn’t owe a player anything. It’s all cut-throat and we’re all trying to get a position.
“It’s certainly a happy camp, it makes it enjoyable to turn up in the morning.”