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The Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 2016 Harold Matthews Squad came together last Saturday for a club induction day.

The squad of 40 local juniors spent the day at Belmore going through a number of activities as they look towards the upcoming season.

The first half of the induction day included a medical screening and a physical testing that included a yo-yo test, an agility test, a hand eye test and a number of strength testing exercises in the gym.

The testing is a guide for the coaching staff and it allows the staff to work on areas of each players game.

Once the testing and medicals were complete the players spent the afternoon with the clubs welfare and education team.

The education component consisted of a careers workshop (CareerWise) and personal development modules on mental health wellbeing, healthy relationships, drugs, alcohol and gambling.

The goal of our welfare and education program is to turn talented boys into men of character and integrity; men who are all the better for having been part of rugby league.

Every element of the education program is designed to help our young players grow and develop their potential in every aspect of their lives.

The day is about educating the players about the responsibility of a rugby league player and what is required to make the next step.

The squad of 40 will be reduced once the season approaches.

Acknowledgement of Country

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs respect and honour the Darug and Eora nations, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.