Mbye embracing new challenge

22 December 2017 16:31:55 GMTPlus10

Moses Mbye is looking forward to a new challenge of playing full-back under Canterbury Bulldogs head coach Dean Pay.

The arrival of the new coach means Tonga international Will Hopoate will shift to the centres, while Mbye gets the No.1 jersey.

The move accommodates for the departure of Brenko Lee, who has been released to Gold Coast Titans and Mbye says it's a big move for him, but one he's fully embracing.

"I've done a few training sessions at the back so far. Under the high ball will be one aspect to the challenge but it's only a small one," he added.

"It will be more the positional stuff and learning the game from there. We'll go through pre-season trials in February and get a good gauge of how I'm going and what we're going to do."

Mbye, who said he'd never met Pay before the coach was appointed in September, added: "He's now got a new job for me and has let me know what he wants me to do. I've just got to keep learning and apply myself the best I can."

The 24-year-old said the players had been notably relaxed since Pay's arrival, but that as he'll be starting with a clean slate the squad are all trying to make their mark during pre-season to try to win a starting spot.

Pay, who played 108 games for the Bulldogs, is starting his first head coaching job at Canterbury. He's previously been a Catalans Dragons assistant, and was No.2 to Ricky Stuart at the Eels.

The Bulldogs are 4501.00 to win the 2018 Grand Final, while Canterbury are 1213.00 to finish in the top eight.

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