Folkes’ fight­ing spirit to in­spire Bull­dogs

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

BULL­DOGS cap­tain Josh Jack­son has vowed to draw on the legacy of Steve Folkes at Bel­more. Folkes’ fu­neral ser­vice to­mor­row will be held at the grand old sports ground he called home.

Open to the pub­lic, the 3pm ser­vice is set to be awash with blue and white fol­low­ing Folkes’ shock pass­ing from a heart at­tack last Tues­day.

Jack­son and the en­tire first grade squad and coach­ing staff will at­tend be­fore they fly to Perth on Tues­day for their round-one clash with Mel­bourne.

In his first sea­son as cap­tain, Jack­son stopped short of declar­ing the play­ers would be “play­ing for Folkesy” on Satur­day night.

How­ever, he said it was im­per­a­tive Folkes’ leg­endary val­ues and re­lent­less work ethic were em­braced by ev­ery player who pulls on a Bull­dogs jersey now — and in the fu­ture.

“It was ex­tremely sad to hear about his (Folkes) pass­ing,’’ Jack­son said. “He’s a leg­end of the Bull­dogs and very much re­spected within the Bull­dogs fam­ily and also among the rugby league com­mu­nity as well.

“All our thoughts go out to his fam­ily. For us, as play­ers, it’s up to us to en­sure we carry

for­ward what peo­ple like Folkesy did for our club.

“Folk­sey and ev­ery­one else that played for the Bull­dogs have left a legacy at the club.

“Hard­work­ing and tough is our club and that’s the way we want to play our footy.’’

Iron­i­cally, it was Jack­son who cham­pion club half­back Steve Mor­timer claimed in 2015 was the one player that most re­minded him of Folkes.

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