More than 150 rugby league-loving kids descended on Jack Neal Oval in Taree on Friday for the annual Red Energy Danny Buderus Clinic.
The Newcastle Knights legend was also joined by current Knights Brock Lamb and Akuila Uate at the clinic, which aims to teach kids the fundamental skills of the game in a fun environment.
“It was another successful year,” Buderus said.
“I love seeing the kids develop their core skills and being confident taking the field knowing they are getting better and seeing them get better.
“They are as committed and enthusiastic as anyone.
“It’s a highlight for me.”
A buzz for the young players on Friday was learning first-hand from the NRL stars.
“They love seeing the players who are on TV come up,” he said.
“They wouldn’t see too many of them walking around the street.”
Buderus, who played his junior football for the Taree Red Rovers, relishes heading back to his hometown to contribute to the development of the game.
“I think that’s the thing I get a buzz out of is going back there,” he said.
“I remember being that age and when players would come to town.
“Hopefully some of the kids will kick on and coming along will make them a better footy player.”
What he also enjoys seeing is children returning to the clinic year after year and witnessing their growth.
“There are a lot of familiar faces over the last few years and that was exciting as well,” he said.
“They come up and talk to me about the year they have had.
“The area is a really good nursery.
“The Group 3 itself is league central.”