THE Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs' sporting relationship with the local area was further strengthened this month.
The National Rugby League club, in conjunction with Country Rugby League (CRL), recently announced the appointment of Peter Stevens as its pathways manager of the Greater Northern Region.
He joins the CRL with a wealth of experience that includes more than 10 years as a rugby league development officer.
He's also been involved with the Greater Northern Tigers Academy since 2007, having coached multiple age groups.
CRL CEO Terry Quinn believes Stevens' appointment is a positive step forward for the future of the Greater Northern Region, as well as its relationship with the Bulldogs.
"Peter's lengthy experience in the game and local knowledge will be an invaluable asset to the region," he said.
"His role will focus on managing high performance and pathways programs and teams, growing participation at all levels, supporting leagues, clubs and referee's associations, meaning all these participants and stakeholders will benefit from his appointment."
Stevens will be based at the Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School in Tamworth and is eager to work closely with groups, leagues and with the Andrew Johns and Laurie Daley Cups, men's under-23's and Women's Country Championship and League Tag representative teams.
"This new position marks an exciting time," he said.
"Especially because it allows me to become more involved with the representative program, even though I have been coaching there for a long time.
"We will be using programs provided by the Bulldogs, the same programs they use throughout their NRL systems.
"We will be driving the same standards, values and behaviours used throughout the Canterbury-Bankstown club.
"When the Greater Northern Tigers teams come in, we will do most of our training at Farrer, which is fantastic because they have state-of-the-art facilities.
"I'm pleased with the role because it keeps me involved with junior leagues and high schools.
"I will still deliver in Group 21, Group 4 and Group 19 with our representative programs and travel to different areas and help out where I can."