Season Preview: Goulburn Workers Bulldogs

The returns of Mitch and Tyler Cornish have given the Goulburn Workers Bulldogs a huge boost as they aim for a top four place.

The side showed their capabilities during pre-season as they claimed the West Wyalong Knockout before reaching the semi finals of the West Belconnen Nines.

The Cornish brothers will link up with younger brother Nick, while Haydon Hodge and James Aubusson are also options in Goulburn’s spine. With the team struggling to score points last season, the number of quality creative options should see that change in 2019.

The Bulldog’s pack struggled at times in 2018 and with coach Adam Kyle bringing in three new props – Dennis Phillips, Siope Naeta and Pat Pryor – they will be hoping to lay a good platform this season.

 

Key Player – Mitch Cornish

Having spent the last two years with Sydney Roosters plying his trade in the NRL and NSW Cup, Mitch Cornish returns to his junior club and will be hoping to make an immediate impact.

The Bulldogs struggled to score points last year so the halfback’s creativity and game management will be crucial if the Bulldogs are to claim a finals berth for the first time since 2015.

The rookie – Steve Cummins

“At 21 years old, Steve joins the club having won the George Tooke Shield with Crookwell and a good try scoring record. He’ll bring a different point of attack to the team and he’s strong, tall and fast. Also he’s good in the air and safe under the high ball.” – Adam Kyle

Gains and Losses

Gain: Izzy Tittor (Rugby Union), Dillon Rota (NZ), Mitch Cornish (Sydney Roosters), Dennis Phillips (NZ), Siope Naeta (Queanbeyan Blues), Aritaku Robens (NZ), Steve Cummins (Crookwell), Liam Oakley (Tuggeranong), Laberato Tauoqooqo (Dubbo Macquarie Raiders), Tyler Cornish (Mounties), Pat Pryor (Bungendore)

Losses: Mitch Turner, Connor Brebner, Tim Crome, Zach Hart

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