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Steve Mortimer

Year inducted: 2019

True Blue number: 704

Origin number: 29

Born: July 15, 1956, Yagoona, NSW

Club: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Position: Halfback

Premiership career: (1976-88) 273 games, 79 tries, 5 field goals

First Grade debut: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs Balmain Tigers at Leichhardt Oval on 21 March, 1976

Representative honours: Australia 8 Tests (1981-84); NSW 7 Interstate matches (1977-71), 9 State of Origins (1982-85) 

Other honours: NRL Hall of Fame 2008

Steve Mortimer burst on the Sydney scene in 1976 but his first taste of representative football was a sour one that forced him to mature as a player. Premiership success at club level steeled him so that he was a star for NSW and Australia and he holds a special place in NSW Origin lore as captain of the first Blues side to win a series in 1985.