Peter Mulholland is the sort of guy you’d want with you at Targa Tasmania.
He’s anything but a backseat driver.
With a clipboard in hand and buckled up beside coach Paul McGregor, the pair are negotiating all the tight turns in search of premiership success in 2016.
They’ve already secured V8 power up front in the form of Russell Packer and Mose Masoe and are plotting a path to victory out wide with the likes of Kurt Mann who capped of a brilliant season with the Storm last weekend.
On paper, Mulholland has done a stellar job in recruiting new players to the Dragons:
*Siliva Havili (New Zealand Warriors, 2017), Sebastine Ikahihifo (New Zealand Warriors, 2017), Dunamis Lui (Manly Sea Eagles, 2017), Kurt Mann (Melbourne Storm, 2017), Mose Masoe (St Helens RLFC, 2017), Tyrone McCarthy (Hull Kingston Rovers, 2017)
Not to mention retaining big Leeson, fast Euan, English Coops, the Graduate Creagh and Florence amongst others.
There have been a few calamities on hairpin corners, notably the smash involving a Morris minor and the mangled wreckage of Merrin that has been left behind but there are plenty more miles to travel. It’s the road ahead that matters now.
If eloquence counts for anything, Mulholland deserves a seat at the UN. He is a consummate professional and fills this fan with confidence. He knows his onions and if you want proof, listen to part 1 of the Mulholland method.
Better still, he’s quashed rumours that he could be soon be co-driver for another NRL team with this emphatic statement “I’m not going anywhere.”
With the Dragons den looking red and white hot for next season, fans can rest easy knowing the future looks good for St George Illawarra.
There’s not much left to do now except sit back, relax and watch two red hot QLD sides smash each other in the Grand Final. With any luck the injury toll will keep support staff busy until well into Origin 2016.
The case for the Broncos
Bennett in Charge. Coach of the year and father of the Dragons’ 2010 premiership campaign. He’s second only to Mary.
Boyd at the back. Another Dragon, a 2010 model at least. Much more likeable in red and white but still a favourite son.
That’s about it for I can’t find much else to like about Brisbane.
Hodges escape from suspension is as laughable as Pritchard’s houdini act in front of the panel after his knee job on Widdop.
Why refer anything to the panel during finals footy?
The case for the Cowboys
Jonathan Thurston. Daly M Player of the Year and all round nice guy. If he wins, he’ll be laughing, for a change.
Matt Scott. Is there a better bookend in the game? Co captain, warhorse, power runner, Mack truck, bulldozer, he’s as likeable as the next immortal in waiting.
My heart and money is on the tribe from Townsville. A maiden victory for the Cowboys would round off perfect numbers in season 2015: 1 and 8.
Who do you want to win, and why?
* Source: zerotackle.com