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Cup could throw Dogs a bone says Lamb

By David Beniuk, AAP

February 17, 2010 - The Daily Telegraph

CANTERBURY great Terry Lamb believes a successful soccer World Cup bid from Australia would help the Bulldogs return to Belmore.

As Football Federation Australia battles the NRL and AFL over venues for the 2018 or 2022 soccer showcase, Lamb has found a positive in the battle of the codes.

The Bulldogs have a proposal for federal government funding to turn dilapidated Belmore Sports Ground into a state of the art training facility similar to South Sydney's at Redfern.

Lamb, who works in the Dogs' marketing department, says the World Cup would mean the club could go one better.

"If we get the soccer World Cup then they've got to do Belmore up," he said.

"We'd probably still play our games at Homebush but maybe we could have a couple of trials at Belmore and maybe down the track we could have a couple of games.

"Our heart and soul is Belmore itself in the Canterbury-Bankstown area and we changed our name back to Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and changed the emblem as well so we'd just like to get back to where we were."

Lamb would also like to see another piece of Canterbury history, the Mortimer surname, return in the form of young Parramatta half Daniel Mortimer.

A former champion half himself, Lamb played alongside Mortimer's father Peter and uncles Steve and Chris in the Bulldogs' glory days of the 1980s.

Canterbury have made little secret of the fact they are in the market for off-contract Mortimer junior, something which heartens Lamb.

"Absolutely. A lot of people would (like to see him at the Bulldogs), I'm sure his parents would," he said.

"He's well groomed family wise, his support with his uncle and his father and his mother, he's a great kid.

"If he decides to come it would be great for us. If he stays at Parramatta we might go after him in another two years."

 


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