Giving some hope to the struggling Bulldogs is re-invented half Daniel Holdsworth. When Holdsworth relocated to Belmore from the Dragons, he was an instant hit. Combining well with halfback Brent Sherwin, Holdsworth really stated his claims as the clubs future five eighth.
Then along came Ben Roberts. The up and coming Kiwi put consistent pressure on Holdsworth which eventually saw him relegated to Premier League for most of 2007. While Holdsworth was a solid performer in the lower grades, only the relocation of prominent half back Brent Sherwin has given Holdsworth a sniff of the big time again.
According to reports from inside the Bulldogs, Holdsworth has been putting in extra sessions and really training the house down to force his way into the lineup and cement a spot for 2008. Even more impressive from Holdsworth was his victory at the NRL fan day; beating some hot competition to take out the NRL sharp shooter award for goal kicking.
Bulldogs captain Andrew Ryan has confirmed Daniel Holdsworth’s high quality pre-season and credentials, stating last night “Holdsworth will be given first crack at the five eight spot alongside Ben Roberts at halfback.”
It seems club veteran Corey Hughes has also won back the hearts and minds of the training stuff with his position seemingly looking strong for 2008, even with boom rake Michael Sullivan joining the club. Andrew Ryan also confirmed “Corey Hughes and Sullivan will interchange at hooker for us at this stage and from what we’ve seen, we’re expecting big things.”
Its a much needed dose of medicine for the Bulldogs, who as we have reported are bouncing from one nightmare to another. Especially in the case of Holdsworth, he has the potential to rise back to the top and stamp himself as a true game breaker. He has that noted pace and possesses the ideal build for the perfect five eighth. With confidence in his game and quality kicking, he can help the Dogs regain their vintage form which has struggled under the guidance of Sherwin and more specifically Folkes in the past 18 months.