The Bulldogs Round 18 clash with the Newcastle Knights will be a special occasion, not only for Josh Reynolds and Sam Kasiano, but also Andy Saunders.
The former Penrith prop has been named on the bench to make his club and NRL debut.
The 22 year-old only arrived at Belmore in January and with injuries to James Graham and Greg Eastwood, as well as David Klemmer and Josh Jackson on Origin duty, will fulfil a life-long dream when he takes to the field on Sunday afternoon.
“It’s a dream come true. I have worked so hard to get here. I am very thankful for the opportunity that Des has given me and I’m going to grab it with two hands. I knew I had to work for my opportunity and I knew there was a lot of competition coming here, but hopefully we can get the win on Sunday,” said Saunders.
The prop has been one of the standout performers in the club’s Intrust Super Premiership side who currently sit in fourth position on the ladder.
Led by former first grader Steve Georgallis, Saunders credits the Head Coach for helping his game blossom in 2017.
“My focus playing ISP has been to play consistent footy. Steve Georgallis has been very helpful for us and his knowledge of the game is really good which has helped me work on my game,” he added.
It will be a special occasion on Sunday for many reasons, but making your debut at such an iconic ground will be something he remembers for a lifetime.
“There is so much heritage here at Belmore and I know the fans and supporters love coming here. I’m looking forward to the atmosphere, but I’m a bit nervous to be honest,” Saunders said.
There will be plenty of fun for the family and the kids with Fans on Field, Fireworks, rides in Terry Lamb reserve, as well as a jumping castle, obstacle course, dart ball, FREE Bulldogs fairy floss and much more in the ‘family fun zone’ located outside the ground at Gate A.