Tony Williams… OUR team needs you!
You are the newest addition to the Bulldogs family. You are big, you are strong! You are a state of origin player. You are an Australian Representative. You’ve played for a Manly team that has won the NRL comp and could have easily 2 of the 3 others in the last 3 years, so you have the experience.
BUT my friend, it appears that you lack the desire and the heart that being a Bulldog brings out in all who put on the magnificent Blue and White jersey. Your performance on Friday night was less than impressive.
I sit on the 50m line alongside a number of the older Bulldogs supporters. These fans bleed Blue and White. They love the club and have been there through thick and thin. My favourite are the mum and daughter aged in their 80’s and 50’s respectively, that attend every home game together to cheer on our team. The ladies loved big Barry Ward, they loved Darren Britt, they loved Solo Haumono, they loved Steve Price, Andrew “Bobcat” Ryan and they love the big bustling brothers Frank the tank and Sammy Kasiano. When your name was mentioned last year as the new addition to the pack, people were overjoyed as we thought that your experience would assist in beefing up our pack, and you could mentor the younger guys coming through.
I’m sure that with recent media reports stating that your representative career is on the line as a result of your less than stellar Club performances wouldn’t help your self esteem, I hope it is the kick up the backside that you need. Your performance to date is far from what we as fans expected.
On the field you look lost. My guess is that something is going wrong for you off the field. If this is the case, my advice would be to sit out of the team for 2 weeks and play in reserve grade. Attend the games and sit with the Bulldogs Army. Come sit with my wife and I on Friday night against the Roosters, visit the best innovation in Australian Sports Social Media Interaction in the Dogbox and see how passionate the Bulldogs supporters are.
We all bleed blue and white, and we all want the best for the club. If you are uncertain of your future with us, don’t be afraid. Take a step back, interact with the fans, understand the club culture and realise that every time a ball is passed to you, that you should be running to catch it at 100km p/hr and that every proud fan is right behind you.
I said this earlier, you are big and strong, and if you were to run onto the ball at full pace, no-one could stop you. Remove the self-doubt from your mind. We believe in you, even if you don’t believe in yourself!