Retired NRL stars just keep flocking back to the Illawarra Coal League, with Luke Patten confirming he will take on a skills coaching role with Corrimal next year.
And the premiership-winning former Bulldogs fullback, one of the Cougars' favourite sons, hasn't totally ruled out pulling on the boots again.
Patten also wore the No 1 in St George Illawarra's maiden grand final appearance in 1999.
He will join an influx of former Dragons pledging to carry clipboards in the Coal League in 2014, with Jason Ryles (Wests), Nathan Fien (Thirroul), Reece Simmonds (Collies) and Chris Leikvoll (Dapto) all taking on head coaching roles.
Patten will juggle his Corrimal commitments with his NRL video referee duties, after being in the box for the Souths-Manly preliminary final on Friday night.
"It's going to be a big year next year for the Coal League and Corrimal is 101 years old now - my dad played for them and I played for them - so I would love to just help them out," Patten said.
"They've got me down as a skills coach and I'm going to go down when it fits in with the video reffing stuff.
"I'm going to do a pre-season with them and then I'm just going to help out with things they might need a bit of assistance with.
"I've started training a little bit now and I'm feeling pretty good so I haven't totally ruled [playing] out."
Corrimal finished with the competition's wooden spoon this year after just one win from 14 matches.
But having Patten's influence is sure to provide a spark around Ziems Park, with the 33-year-old hoping to call on other retired NRL stars to work with the Cougars on a sporadic basis.
"I'm excited [about it]," he said. "I'm hoping I can come down and see a few of the games.
"I watched one of the semis at Collies and I was amazed by the standard of the ground, and the level of footy was pretty good as well."