Former Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs forward and coach Steve Folkes has passed away.
Folkes died of a heart attack, aged 59.
As a player, Folkes had 245 first grades games for Canterbury, appearing in six Grand Finals (1979, 80, 84, 85, 86 and 88) winning on four occasions.
Folkes also coached the club for 288 matches between 1998 and 2008 and won yet another premiership in 2004.
The Bulldogs released a short statement about Folkes passing.
Read the statement below:
The club is shocked and saddened at the news of the passing of Bulldogs legend Steve Folkes. Steve played such a major part in the history of the Bulldogs, both as a player and coach, and was, without doubt, one of the giants of the club.
Steve symbolised everything that the Bulldogs stand for and was respected throughout the game for his toughness and determination. He never took a backward step and was loved by the fans for his courage and commitment to the club.
His legacy as a Bulldog and what he did for the club will never be forgotten and our hearts go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.
The club asks that everyone respect the privacy of the family during this time.