Steve Mortimer leads coaching master class for Appin Dogs juniors

Some Appin Dogs youngsters received an unforgettable lesson last week.

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs club legend Steve Mortimer visited Appin Park to conduct a training master class for juniors on Wednesday, April 24.

Mortimer played a club record 272 first grade games for the Bulldogs, winning four premierships.

The crafty halfback also played nine State of Origin games for NSW and represented Australia on nine occasions.

Mortimer led Appin's under-14s girls league-tag players through a series of training drills and provided them with some advice.

The 62-year-old told the Advertiser that he was proud to visit the Dogs and support young girls playing the sport.

"Touch footy and league-tag is a great way to attract more girls and women to the game of rugby league," he said.

"Girls can play the sport without the physicality of rugby league. It's quite exciting."

Mortimer said he was impressed with the talent on display at Appin.

"The girls were absolutely great to work with and the club was quite welcoming," he said.

Dogs club president Robert Dreis said it was a "real honour" to host Mortimer.

"It's a big thing for us," he said.

"We also had [former NRL great] Brett Kimmorley visit us recently, mainly to provide mentoring for our younger players. We hope to get Kimmorley back here again soon."