Mortimer urges Bulldogs triple team

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Steve Mortimer says the Bulldogs should go with three halves

CANTERBURY Bulldogs great Steve Mortimer believes the Bulldogs should play three halves in their side even if it means moving Josh Reynolds to hooker.

Mortimer isn’t concerned which number is on each player’s back but wants the best 17 running out every week.

“If you have players playing better than other players, just find a position for them,” Mortimer said.

Steve Mortimer (left) with fellow Bulldogs great George Peponis. Picture: Jeremy Piper

Steve Mortimer (left) with fellow Bulldogs great George Peponis. Picture: Jeremy PiperSource:News Corp Australia

“I think we’ve got the halves and the third one put him in a position, maybe hooker.

“Everyone talks about Josh Reynolds maybe being a great dummy-half and I agree with that.”

The Bulldogs are juggling Moses Mbye, Josh Reynolds and recent debutant Matt Frawley, who has impressed since making his debut against the Broncos in round five.

Current hooker Michael Lichaa has been under fire for his performances in 2017 but Mortimer was diplomatic when asked if he was the man to go.

“I think Michael Lichaa is having a better year this year than he did last year but it is not up to me, it is up to Des and his sidekicks,” Mortimer said.

Moses Mbye is still searching for his best position. Picture: AAP

Moses Mbye is still searching for his best position. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

The 272-game legend is behind halfback Moses Mbye but is unsure where he best fits.

“I am a big fan of Moses Mbye, I think he is very smart but I don’t know if he is a halfback or five-eighth,” Mortimer said.

“Either way he is certainly going to be an asset for the Bulldogs which is why they’ve signed him for another three years.”

Matt Frawley had his jersey presented by Mortimer before his first top grade game two weeks ago.

Matt Frawley has been a hit since making his Bulldogs debut. Picture: Gregg Porteous

Matt Frawley has been a hit since making his Bulldogs debut. Picture: Gregg PorteousSource:News Corp Australia

The Bulldogs have won two consecutive games since he got the call-up and will be looking to make it three in a row when they take on the Rabbitohs this afternoon.

Mortimer concedes Reynolds is not the game-managing type although says he has what the Belmore club needs.

“Josh Reynolds, he is like a bit of a spark, he is very entertaining and will do a little bit of magic.”

Storm halfback Cooper Cronk has been linked to the club following his decision to leave Melbourne at end of 2017.

Josh Reynolds can give the Bulldogs ‘spark’. Picture: Gregg Porteous

Josh Reynolds can give the Bulldogs ‘spark’. Picture: Gregg PorteousSource:News Corp Australia

While Mortimer believes the playmaker will be a tremendous addition to the side he doesn’t believe Cronk will play on.

“I am an absolute fan of Cooper Cronk,” he said.

“I have met him a number of times off the field, he is an absolute gentlemen and a great ambassador for the game.

“I personally think when Cooper does come up to Sydney, he will retire.”

Originally published as Mortimer urges Bulldogs triple team

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