‘Super proud’: Sunshine Coast NRL legend thrilled for Dolphins’ leap into big league

Adam Mogg has played rugby league across the world but he has always been a Dolphin at heart.

The former star NRL outside back played for Kawana Dolphins on the Sunshine Coast as a junior in the late 1980s and as a teenager was signed by then Queensland Cup side Redcliffe Dolphins.

Now the Sunshine Coast-based coach is about to embark on his seventh season as head coach for Redcliffe in the Intrust Super Cup, before that side becomes the NRL’s newly minted 17th team for the 2023 season.

Adam Mogg played for the Redcliffe Dolphin’s Queensland Cup team from 1997 to 2001.(Supplied: Jon Sloan)

“It’s a good environment to be in if you want to be successful,” Mogg said.

The former Queensland State of Origin great has already had an illustrious career in the NRL, including stints with Parramatta and Canberra, as well as French Super League side Catalans Dragons. 

He was selected at centre in the 2007 Super League Dream Team.

Mogg says he is excited to be part of the Dolphins as they prepare for their NRL debut.

“I’m just super, super proud that I played a very small part in what’s been a long journey for our club to get in the NRL,” he said.

“It’s just such great news for the whole of North Brisbane and Sunshine Coast, that’s what I’m super excited about.”

Adam Mogg has his eyes on the ball as Johnathan Thurston looks on
Adam Mogg during the Queensland v NSW State of Origin Rugby League game three decider in Melbourne, July 5, 2006.(AAP: Martin Philbey)

Head coach yet to be named

What role Mogg will hold with the Dolphins beyond next year is still to be decided, with talk of the head coaching job still focused on one name in particular.

“I don’t 100 per cent know Wayne’s [Bennett] going to be the coach,” he said.

“I’m like everyone else — I hope and expect he is.”

Mogg, who has spent time as assistant coach with the New Zealand Warriors, said he would love to be considered for a coaching role.

Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett waves to the crowd at Sydney's Olympic stadium after the 2006 NRL grand final.
Wayne Bennett has been rumoured to be in discussions with the NRL about the Dolphins coaching role.(Getty Images: Adam Pretty)

“My own personal agenda aside, Wayne Bennett is probably the most prepared, most successful coach of all time,” he said.

“He brings along a long, long history of success and knowledge that you can’t just buy.

The Dolphins have already been tipped to play a handful of games at Sunshine Coast Stadium, as the NRL looks to broaden the club’s appeal beyond the northeast of Brisbane.

Mogg said his focus was on the Intrust Super Cup 2022 season with preseason just weeks away.

Redcliffe last won the Premiership in 2018 under Mogg’s guidence.

“A lot of things will transpire over the next couple of weeks,” he said.

“We’re focusing on 2022. I think it’s important that, you know, we make sure we’re sort of business as usual in that aspect.”

New NRL pathway for juniors

The northern Brisbane suburb is a breeding ground for rugby league talent with more than 800 juniors playing with the club.

It is a program Mogg, a former Currimundi Primary School student, is particularly proud of.

A young player runs with the football
The Redcliffe Dolphins have the largest junior rugby league program in the Queensland Cup.(Supplied: Redcliffe Dolphins)

“I know the history of our club will build a pathway for rugby league kids right across southeast Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Morton Bay and further north Hervey Bay, to get into the NRL.”

Having started his career as a junior in clubland, he knows pathways are an important part of fostering young talent.

“Our club’s a real community club and I know that that pathway is going to be genuine, it’s going to be real,” he said.

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