With all the hard work starting on November 1, last year, and after days of running, tackling, lifting weights, skill work and cardio sessions, the players and staff can now see the light at the end of tunnel.

After arriving in early December, Assistant Coach David Penna says he and the Coaching staff have been impressed with the attitudes from the playing group over the summer.

“The pre-season has been great. The boys have worked really hard, they’ve trained extremely well and they’re ready to go,” Penna said. “Pre-seasons are always long, they’re always hard and tough, but it all comes down to what we want to achieve come Round One and for the rest of the season.”

The Bulldogs head into the opening Round of the season, off the back of two trial matches, injury free and with plenty of positives from their performances.

“We came through with no injuries which is very pleasing. We have worked on the areas that needed focusing on and we will switch back on next week after a few days off. The boys will be prepared and they’ll be ready to go Round One. “

The Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs will host the Melbourne Storm in Round 1 at Belmore Oval on Friday, March 3 at 6pm.