Brett Kimmorley leads coaching master class for Appin Dogs

Former NRL star Brett Kimmorley (right) teaches the basics to some Appin Dogs players on Wednesday.

Former NRL star Brett Kimmorley (right) teaches the basics to some Appin Dogs players on Wednesday.

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.

Exciting times: Appin Dogs A grade squad Matt Bluden, Daniel Takas, Jay Omullane, Lee Purvis and club president Rob Dreis. Picture: Simon Bennett

Exciting times: Appin Dogs A grade squad Matt Bluden, Daniel Takas, Jay Omullane, Lee Purvis and club president Rob Dreis. Picture: Simon Bennett