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The Bulldogs currently sit in 12th position on the NRL ladder on 14 competition points and while the expectations are always high, prop forward Aiden Tolman doesn’t believe those expectations are unrealistic.

Despite a disappointing start to the season the club’s last outing was a win. The month prior, however, was one of the side’s toughest under Coach Des Hasler.

There has been a lot of external pressure in recent weeks, but the hard working and consistent forward believes the team has a point to prove, along with the goal of playing in September.

“We expect ourselves to be up the top of the ladder every year and sometimes for different reasons that doesn’t work out. We find ourselves in a position now where we need to perform because it’s coming towards the end of the year and we need to win some games to make the finals,” said Tolman.

“We want to play finals footy and we definitely believe we have the team to do it, but at the moment our consistency is not there. We need to prove to ourselves, the club and the members that we’re good enough to play finals footy,” he added.