Bulldogs new recruit Brenko Lee, who signed a two year deal with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs last month enjoyed his first day of pre-season at Belmore under the watchful eye of head coach Des Hasler.
“It was a good session today, met all the boys and the coaching staff… they’re all very welcoming blokes,” Lee said after finishing up his final session today.
Brenko Lee admits that whilst he hasn’t specifically spoken with his Cousin, Raiders winger Edrick Lee, about meeting head to head in 2017; he is looking forward to the opportunity to do make his return against his old club a family affair. Before he can think about that though, he has a long pre-season ahead.
“I guess talking to him we usually talk about stuff away from footy, family stuff... I guess if I were to come up against Eddy we would probably have a bit of talk during the week about it and it would be unreal to run out and face him,”
“We would be playing on the same side, he’s left and I play right so looking at him would be unreal… hopefully that day comes at some point next year.” Lee told Bulldogs.com.au
A Raiders student under 2016 Dally M Coach Ricky Stuart, Lee admits it will take some time to get used to football under Des but is looking forward the challenge to secure a full time spot in the outside backs at Canterbury.
Having spent the past six years within the Raiders set-up, Lee makes the move to Belmore after playing 12 NRL games in three seasons. Lee made his NRL debut against the Bulldogs in round 15, 2014 and during his 12 games, Lee has managed to score 11 tries, including four in one game against the Parramatta Eels in round 24 of the 2016 season.
“The Dogs have a very big forward pack… playing in the backline regularly is a goal of mine but I really just want to get a good pre-season under my belt, get fit so I can put my best foot forward for round one,”
“The coach (Des) is a lot different… him and sticky (Ricky Stuart) obviously have quite different game plans… I think playing here I will learn a new structure and there will be a lot more importance placed on playing under fatigue.”