Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Faitala-Mariner's unlikely childhood idol

You've got former Kiwi legends Stacey Jones, Ali Lauiti'iti, Benji Marshall and Sonny Bill Williams at the top of the tree.

Ruben Wiki and current Warriors stalwart Simon Mannering also usually earn a mention.

But Bulldogs back-rower Raymond Faitala-Mariner had other ideas growing up as a teenager.

"Mark Gasnier!" he beams.

"In high school we used to have our teams and everyone was typical Warriors or Broncos and I thought I'll go with the Dragons to be different.

Hasler backs Jackson to shine as Bulldogs captain

Jackson was one of Hasler’s biggest supporters and the text he received from the former coach after being named as James Graham’s successor as captain only added to the emotion of a special moment for the 27-year-old.

"He sent me a text after they announced the captaincy which is something I really appreciated,” Jackson said.

"I will always have a lot of time for Des. He gave me my first opportunity. I grew a lot as a player and as a person under him. He’s someone that I respect a lot.

Griffin joins the Bulldogs

Born in Papua New Guinea and raised in Atherton, Queensland, the 30-year old arrives at Belmore with a wealth of experience in the game.

Raelene Castle Extends Contract

Castle joined the Bulldogs in July 2013 and under her leadership the Club has enjoyed record levels of membership and sponsorship, ensured the Bulldogs have had the best attendances of any NRL team in Sydney, opened the most innovative sporting retail experience in Australia and implemented the most comprehensive community programme in the Club’s history. 

Chairman Ray Dib says securing her ongoing involvement is an important development for the Bulldogs.