Fresh coach, fresh roster, fresh fortunes

Bulldogs import David Stagg has pin-pointed the reason behind Canterbury’s rise from the dog-house to the penthouse in less than twelve months... a fresh start. <br><br>Plagued by a string of off field incidents in recent years, including the surprise departure of NRL poster-boy Sonny-Bill Williams midway through 2008, the Bulldogs turned their focus to recruiting players to improve their off field image and on field results.<br><br>“At the beginning of the year, we had eight or nine blokes come to the club, so everyone was in the same situation of not knowing everyone," Stagg told BigPond Sports Weekend.<br><br>"It made it a lot easier for everyone to get to know everyone. Obviously having a new coach as well.<br>&nbsp;<br>“It’s been a new start I guess for the club.<br><br>“When you’re enjoying your football and enjoy going to training, it’s always a good sign that you’re playing good footy. That’s certainly been the case all year.”<br><br>Fresh off a tight victory over the inconsistent Canberra Raiders on Saturday night, Stagg heaped praise on rookie coach Kevin Moore.<br><br>“Kev's doing a really good job this year. He is a very calm sort of a bloke. He likes to keep things very low key. Always making positive points at half time to keep everyone up beat.<br><br>“He certainly listens to the players as well which I think is a big positive.”<br><br>The Bulldog’s recruited a raft of high profile players for season 2009, including David Stagg, Brett Kimmorley, Michael Ennis, Bryson Goodwin, Josh Morris and Ben Hannant. <br><br><a href="http://bigpondvideo.com/Sports-Summer-Highlights/199391"><b>CLICK HERE to watch the BSW interview in full.</b></a><br>