Today the NRL Dolphins are officially in business as a licenced NRL club and the 17th team of the league.
Since the Dolphins were confirmed as the newest team of the NRL on October 13 last year, thousands of hours of preparation have gone into our job to build a successful club.
There is no doubt our player recruitment efforts have been highly visible to our members and supporters as we have put together the Dolphins’ first ever NRL roster.
From our first signing of State of Origin hard man Felise Kaufusi to our latest signing, English international Oliver Gildart, the club has gone after any and every player our recruitment team thought could make a difference for the Dolphins.
Importantly, the club has been just as diligent off the field as we focused on ensuring we had a club that was set up for a long and successful future.
That vision is so important because unlike other historical newcomers that have been created to join the NRL, the Dolphins have a 75-year history to refer to as we ascend to the top level of competition.
We now have a full off-field staff of more than 50 who have already hit the ground running as we set our sights on that first game in March.
Included in that group are professionals from all over Australia that are specialists in their chosen field in both the football and commercial departments.
People have joined us from a range of different NRL clubs; from a host of different sports; and from a diverse list of different businesses and industries.
The ‘team behind the team’ is now in place and is ready for our first wave of players to begin pre-season training on Monday.
That list of players will steadily grow over the next couple of months until our full squad is together in January, preparing for that first historic match in round one of NRL season 2023.
For the Dolphins and our members and fans, a new history starts now.