BIG YEAR LOOMS: Noosa’s Moses Mbye, of the Bulldogs, is ready for a breakthrough season in the NRL.
BIG YEAR LOOMS: Noosa’s Moses Mbye, of the Bulldogs, is ready for a breakthrough season in the NRL. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Polla-Mounter Reckons Noosa's Mbye is the real deal

RUGBY LEAGUE: Noosa's Moses Mbye has been spruiked by many as a star in the making, with a lucrative deal and a Maroons jersey in the reckoning.

And Coast-based Craig Polla-Mounter, who was also a Bulldogs halfback, reckons the 22-year-old is worth every bit of the hype.

"He's going to be probably one of the next big things," Polla-Mounter said.

"He's done really well (in his career so far) and he's playing in a good side.

"I think he's definitely worth it."

Mbye is set to play a bigger role in the NRL this year, following the departure of New South Wales ball-player Trent Hodkinson, who has left Belmore for Newcastle.

That will provide the young gun with more opportunities.

"He's been there for a few years but because they've had had a lot of halves, game time has been a problem but he's earned that spot now and I think he'll go really well," Polla-Mounter said.

It is Mbye's all-round game that leads many pundits to believe he has what it takes to become a force.

But Polla-Mounter, who amassed almost 200 games and won a premiership in 2005, says it's the young gun's zest for the game which sets him apart.

"He's very enthusiastic. He has a go and that's what it's all about," he said.

"And he's quick. If he attacks with the ball more I think he'll go well.

It's hoped Mbye can steer the side to a premiership.

In fact, Polla-Mounter said the Bulldogs must win.

"They have to perform this year," he said.

"They've had a good team for the last three years and made a couple of grand finals (but) they haven't won. They really have to win I think.

"They've picked up more quality backs which I think they have lacked the last couple of years. With Will Hopoate, they will get the best out of him.

"They just need to finish better than what they have. (Coach) Des (Hasler) has been there for a while now. He needs to get some success and the club demands success."