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It might be the off-season but there is plenty going on at Dolphins headquarters. Coach Anthony Griffin is making preparations for the new season that begins with player orientation in only 11 days. The office is in full swing and an enormous amount of preparation is underway for Season 2007 that kicks off in just over four months.
The Dolphins will be looking to defend their Queensland Wizard Cup Crown in 2007. "There is a lot of hard work to be done between now and when the season starts" said Dolphin Captain Troy Lindsay.
"What we done this year is great but won't count for much once we take the field next season, All the other sides lift to play Redcliffe normally but with being Premiers they will be really gunning for us" added fullback Ryan Cullen.
The majority of the 2006 Premiership squad have re-signed the most noticable absentees from the Premiership winning side will be front rower Adam Starr who has retired and winger Chris Giumelli who has returned to his home town of Mackay. Also returning to Mackay is A grade hooker Scott Gillis whilst Matt Anderton has retired.
The Dolphins squad should be boosted by the return to Dolphin Oval of two time premiership winning back Trent Leis who returns after two seasons with the Burleigh Bears.
"It's good to be back, I can't wait to get back and see the boys" Leis said.
Also no stranger to Dolphins supporters is hooker Jamie Tomlinson who makes his way back to Dolphin Oval after several seasons away with Easts and Ipswich. Tomlinson last played for the Dolphins in 1999 and was the Carbine Colt of the Year in 1998.
Also joining the Dolphins in 2007 will be former NRL fan favourite Mark Tookey.
Hailing from Sydney, Mark originally played for the Logan Brothers and Springwood junior clubs. Upon turning professional Mark signed for the ill-fated South Queensland Crushers, playing in the same team alongside former Dolphins Clinton O'Brien, Aaron Moule, Danny Nutley and Ben Roedder under the coaching of former Dolphin Steve Bleakley. After a two year spell with Parramatta in Sydney, Mark crossed the Tasman Sea to join the New Zealand Warriors.
It was at the Auckland based club that Mark fully confirmed his reputation as a tough, rampaging forward. Stocky and relatively short of stature, Mark is an immensely powerful runner and from short range can a lethal finisher.
After a successful 2002 season in Auckland, culminating in a NRL Grand Final appearance, Mark's opportunities at the Warriors became limited and in July 2004 he signed for Castleford Tigers in their ultimately unsuccessful bid to remain in Super League.
During 2005, Mark's explosive running and big tackling has made him a huge favourite of the London fans; and nobody present at the seasons final home game will ever forget his 40 metre try-scoring charge to the line, much to the acclaim of those present.
Place of Birth: Sydney, Australia
Date of Birth: 09/03/1977
Former Clubs: South Queensland (1996-1997) 18 games, Parramatta Eels (1998 - 1999) 40 games, New Zealand Warriors (2002-2004) 67 games Castleford Tigers (2004) 10 games, London Broncos (2005-2006)55 games.
Official training for all contracted players commences on Monday November 20.