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Dally M awards 'a boost for Bulldogs'

By David Beniuk 09/09/2009 06:36:39 PM Comments (0)

Scooping the Dally M awards will give the Bulldogs a huge confidence boost heading into the NRL finals, injured halfback Brett Kimmorley says.

The 2009 Dogs were meant to be a rebuilding side after picking up the wooden spoon last year.

But their roster is suddenly resembling the star-studded line-ups which made the play-offs in four of the five years before 2008 after walking away with eight gongs at league's night of nights on Tuesday.

"I think it gives the players a huge bit of confidence," said Kimmorley, who has been sidelined with facial fractures.

"Anyone who won an award last night would have left there with a bit of a buzz."

Kimmorley said no player would be boosted more than 19-year-old rookie of the year Jamal Idris.

"He's a kid who thinks a lot about football and can get a bit down on himself," Kimmorley said.

"I hope last night he was all excited with the achievement."

Coach of the year Kevin Moore said the Dogs' job was far from done.

"It's nice to get those plaudits along the way but it's back to business today. We've got a job to do this week and that's what we're focused on," he said of Saturday night's qualifying final against Newcastle.

"We had a bit of a hiccup last week (against the Wests Tigers) which was disappointing but we learned a few things from that and we need to make sure that we get back to what we do really good, and that's the basics.

"I'm really confident that the players (will) respond to that."

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