Sam Perrett says he never doubted his mid-season move to Canterbury would be a success, as he eyes off his first NRL premiership while his former club Sydney Roosters remain in a dogfight for the wooden spoon.
Perrett's transfer from the cellar-dwelling Roosters to the Bulldogs was one of the season's more unexpected moves.
The former New Zealand international's arrival at Belmore has allowed the `Dogs to significantly boost their injury hit-ranks in the outside backs and help them mount a serious premiership challenge.
At the same time the Roosters have continued to bumble their way through the back end of the season since Perrett's departure after their round 16 loss to Manly, and remain just three points ahead of last-placed Parramatta.
Perrett has been involved in seven of the Bulldogs 11 successive wins that have taken them to the top of the NRL ladder.
In that time the Roosters have enjoyed a solitary victory.
"I wasn't concentrating on doubts or what could go wrong that was my mindset," Perrett said of his change to the Bulldogs.
"I had confidence in myself that I could do it.
"It was really hard leaving the old club but I could not have asked for a better group of people to be involved with. They have all made it very easy for me.
"You have to get used to a new system and a new place and a new network of people. There is always uncertainty there and that was hard, but once I got there that was taken care of.
"I definitely feel confident in the type of coaching I am getting and I believe in what I am learning."
Perrett said saying goodbye to his Roosters teammates was the most difficult part of his move and that he felt for the lowly predicament his club found itself in.
"It was hard to leave, it was really hard to say goodbye," he said.
"But the three-year deal was the only real concrete thing I had at the time so it made it pretty simple. There was no real offer for me for a future at the Roosters, so it worked out for the best at the Bulldogs.
"It is tough to see the boys (at the Roosters) going how they are, because they are all close mates, it is hard to see that."