BULLDOGS captain James Graham says halfback Moses Mbye should not shoulder the blame for a misfiring Canterbury attack.
The Sunshine Coast product debuted in 2014 and spent the following season shuffling between the bench and a starting spot.
Graham said the 23-year-old deserved the backing of his teammates and experts, who have questioned how the Dogs played under Des Hasler last season.
"With Moses people sometimes forget that this is only his second year as a starting halfback,” Graham said.
"He's still in that first year, in transition to becoming a starting No.7. I actually can't wait to see how he's going to go.
"He's got an excellent head on his shoulders, he's mature beyond his years. That's why people sometimes forget that he is still young.
"I'm fully behind him and Josh Reynolds steering this team around the park.”
Mbye last year signed a four-year contract extension with the club and Englishman Graham said he had faith in the youngster to be a consistent performer.
"There's no reason why he can't do that for a whole year,” Graham said.
"The form of the team might affect that.
"I'm confident that Moses can fulfil his potential and be one of the best players in this competition.”
The Dogs take on 2016 grand finalist Melbourne Storm at Belmore on Friday night.
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