Mbye to Bulldogs: That spot is mine
FORMER Noosa junior Moses Mbye has declared his intention to make the vacant Bulldogs hooker position his own following his convincing performance in last Sunday's grand final.
Mbye deputised superbly against the Rabbitohs after captain Michael Ennis was ruled out with a broken foot.
The 21-year-old showed nerves of steel on the game's biggest stage despite having played just eight NRL matches - none of them at hooker.
After producing his natural football instincts against the best team in the competition, Mbye is confident coach Des Hasler will give him first crack in Canterbury's No.9 jersey in season 2015.
"It was important to show Des that I could do it on Sunday," he said.
"There were a lot of people doubting me, so it was good to prove a few people wrong."
Mbye topped the tackle count for both teams, with 42, and made valuable metres with his scoots from dummy half despite his limited time in the position previously.
"I HAD a bit of a run at dummy half in the SG Ball in the under-18s and that gave me a little bit of an idea of what to expect," Mbye said.
His biggest challenger for the available dummy half role is Canterbury's New South Wales Cup hooker, Damien Cooke.
But the fact Hasler chose the former Noosa Pirate for the grand final could be a sign of the master coach's intention to install Mbye at hooker next year.
"I feel that I played well on Sunday and there is an opportunity there now with Michael (Ennis) moving on (to the Cronulla Sharks), so I will put my hand up and see if I can get a crack there," Mbye said. "Every
one has their own thing and I will do the role that Des wants me to do.
"I just enjoy being on the field, to be honest, and I would play anywhere.
"We have got a good roster at our club at the moment so it is going to be a bit of a selection pickle for Des."
Mbye and his teammates start pre-season training next month.