Folkes’ fighting spirit to inspire Bulldogs
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.