Krisnan Inu a good luck charm for Bulldogs
Kiwi Inu key to Dogs' successMICHAEL CHAMMAS
Note to Dessie: don't let go of Krisnan Inu.
The Kiwis international has proved to be a good luck charm for the Bulldogs coach, who has not lost a game since Inu arrived.
In fact, Inu has only lost one game all year in the 12 matches he has played for both Canterbury and the Warriors - not that he is keeping count.
''Oh really,'' Inu said when informed of his success this season. ''I haven't thought of that. I'm just happy to be playing week in, week out.
''Any team you're in, you're happy to get a few wins, but I'm grateful enough to be in this team with a great bunch of blokes.''
Not only have nine of Canterbury's 10 consecutive wins come since Inu's mid-season transfer, but he has also done very little to upset his boss in the past.
In seven games against the Des Hasler-coached Sea Eagles, Inu tasted defeat six times, his only success against the two-time premiership-winning coach coming in a 19-12 win for the Eels in 2010.
While he might have the Midas touch at the moment, his grand final record is not as appealing. If the Bulldogs continue their impressive charge towards September, the 25-year-old will join an elite group to play in three grand finals at three different clubs, all in the space of four years.
He was instrumental, although not as influential as Jarryd Hayne, in Parramatta's charge to the premiership decider in 2009. He was also one of the Warriors' best players in last year's finals series.
Unfortunately for Inu, both campaigns ended in heartache, but the pain of those defeats against Melbourne (2009) and Manly (2011) is driving him at his new club.
''I played in a few grand finals growing up and lost a few, but playing NRL footy and losing grand finals is another thing,'' he said.
''It's your dream to play NRL and to play in a grand final. But to lose twice, it's something that always sticks inside. Fingers crossed things will change in the future. They say you've got to lose one to win one. Hopefully, with my two losses, I can finally get one, whether it's this year or the near future.''
Inu has built a reputation on his ability to produce miracle plays, but his flamboyance and freakish skills have often brought about his downfall.
Hasler made it clear what he wanted from Inu from the start.
''He just said we don't need any miracles, we just need a centre-winger,'' Inu said. ''He knew what I could do, he had trust in me to be on the field in my first week as soon as I got here, so I was very grateful for that. It meant a lot.''
Inu admitted he missed his former Warriors teammates. He holds no grudges, despite playing for the Auckland Vulcans in the NSW Cup for much of his time at the Warriors before joining the Bulldogs in round 12.
- FFX Aus