I came across this article by regular Sydney Morning Herald columnist Roy Masters yesterday which gives an insight into how success can be obtained in the NRL.
In short, the Bulldogs signed their present coach Des Hasler from Manly-Warringah, who had just won the 2011 premiership via Hasler's coaching. Hasler is regarded as cutting-edge in his coaching, and he transformed the Bulldogs from 10th place (out of 16 teams) in 2011 to minor premiers and grand final runners-up in 2012. The 'Dogs train at their spiritual home of Belmore Sports Ground. Part of the reason for their transformation:
The $9 million Belmore facility was built with funding from three sources - the Rudd Infrastructure program, a NSW government grant and a $1 for $1 spend with the local council. The Bulldogs contributed $500,000.