The Appin Dogs may be one of the smallest clubs in the Group 6 rugby league competition, but they will pack plenty of bite this season.
The Dogs are looking to build on their fifth place finish last season starting with their opening match against the Campbelltown City Kangaroos at Fullwood Reserve, Claymore on April 3.
President Rob Dreis said the club has taken a new direction for this season after the departure of eight first grade players.
“We’re trying to focus on the under-18s to help provide players to feed into first grade in the next couple of years,” he said.
“Sure you can buy a first grade team every year but we are trying to build for the future of the club and nurture our juniors into grade football.”
The club has appointed Corey Ruttle as head coach while Tony Brabender will guide the under-18s this season.
Dreis said the committee would slowly develop the club so locals can continue to to enjoy playing rugby league for years to come.
“We might not have the best players at our club but all the guys that are there are willing to do the hard yards and play as one,” he said.
“Given that our club is small and only been back in grade football for three seasons we need to take baby steps into building the club to ensure we remain in this competition for many years to come.
“The success will follow.”
While the club is looking to the future, Dreis said the Appin community would continue to play a vital role in supporting the club.
“The community is very important to a small town like Appin,” he said.
“Now with the addition of the Walkers development of Appin Valley we are hoping the extra people who have moved into the area will get behind our club as either players, volunteer or just spectators.”
“We try hard to provide a family type atmosphere … we are a tight but small group.”
People interested in joining the club can contact Rob 0425 245 178.