Former NRL player Steve Georgallis has joined the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs as Head Coach of their NSW Cup team.

The 48 year-old joins the club from Penrith, where he was assistant coach to the NRL team last season.

Georgallis, has a strong background in coaching at this level having been assistant coach to Geoff Toovey at Manly in 2014-15, while before that he performed the same role under Tim Sheens at the Wests Tigers in 2012-13.

Georgallis, also acted as interim Head Coach at Penrith in the 2011 season.

Bulldogs Head Coach Des Hasler was pleased to have Georgallis on board.

"Steve brings great experience in the NRL from his time as a player and coach. We are pleased to have him with us at the Bulldogs and i'm sure that he will be able to a great job with our NSW Cup side," Hasler said.

Georgallis, was also looking forward to a new challenge.

"I am delighted to be joining the Bulldogs. I have a great deal of respect for Des and the standards the club have set over the years and I look forward to working with a talented group of young players and trying to bring the best out of them," said Georgallis.

Georgallis, will start his new role with the Bulldogs in early January.