The Appin Dogs were taught a lesson or two they will never forget this week.
Former NRL great Brett Kimmorley visited Appin on Wednesday afternoon to conduct a training master class for club members.
Kimmorley - who played more than 300 NRL games and represented Australia and NSW on numerous occasions - led the Dogs seniors and juniors through a series of training drills.
Dogs club president Robert Dreis said it was an honour to host the star halfback.
"You don't get a helping hand from a NSW and Australian representative too often," he said.
"Brett was happy to come along and help us fine-tune a few things.
"He taught us the importance of going back to basics and to not overthink.
"He spent a lot of time with our halves and also worked with our goal kickers."
Dreis met Kimmorley through a mutual friend and said the former NRL star had offered to come back down to Appin this year.
"It's a great opportunity for us, especially our younger guys," he said.
2019 is set to be a big year for the Dogs, who have joined the neighbouring Illawarra district’s second division grade.
Appin has departed the Group 6 division "on loan" to the Illawarra competition, with the option to return to Group 6 in 2020.
In December, Dreis told the Advertiser that he couldn’t wait to start playing in a new league.
“It’s the first time we’ve done this in our club’s history,” he said.
The Dogs will kick off their 2019 campaign in mid-April.