They have recruited virtually an entirely new side sparking debate that they are over the cap, but new recruit Aiden Tolman says that despite all these signings, he insists that they can’t simply rely on their new signings for results.
Whilst the club undoubtedly has the strength on paper, Tolman says that games aren’t won on paper, and that the expectations are high as a result, and failing to make the 8 will be a disappointment.
“The club’s bought good in the off-season,” Tolman said.
“They’ve bought really good players, but names don’t mean much until you get on to a training paddock. You’ve got to do your best and hopefully when you start the trials you’re fit and ready.
“Just because we’ve got all these big names doesn’t mean things will just change. Everyone knows that. We’ve been working hard for seven weeks so hopefully when round one comes around we’re firing and playing to our potential.”
Tolman, who has joined the Bulldogs from the Melbourne Storm, says that the Bulldogs have the pack to become the most dominant pack in the NRL much like the Melbourne Storm had from 2007 to 2009.
Tolman believes he can get back on track and get back to the form that saw him on the cusp of Origin football, before injury reared its ugly head, thus denying him that chance.