Football training was the last thing on the minds of hundreds of the Clarence Valley's brightest junior league stars who swarmed Wherett Park to get a chance to meet their NRL heroes.
For South Sydney Rabbitohs star Cody Walker it was a return to his old stomping ground as a Clarence Coast Magpies junior, and this time he brought teammate and NRL star rookie Angus Crichton along for the journey.
The pair signed everything from footballs, to phone covers to limbs as a mob of smiling youngsters hung off their every word and when it was time for a game of muck-a-round football no kid was missing out - even the adult kids.
With the Rabbitohs facing a long turnaround before their next clash against the Brisbane Broncos next weekend, and facing four days leave, Walker jumped at the opportunity to get home.
The Rabbitohs playmaker used his profile to promote healthy living and regular general check-ups for people in the regional and remote indigenous communities like the Clarence Valley.
"It is great to get home, it has been a great turn out seeing all the smiling kids,” Walker said. "You know that is why we play footy, we do it for the kids and for the communities especially in the country areas.