Steve Folkes joined Canterbury in 1977 as a halfback.
He became a regular member of the Under 23 team and played in the play offs. In 1978, Steve started the season in the Under 23s but became a regular member of the reserve grade team as a lock forward.
He scored four tries in a game against Easts (Roosters) which remains a record for reserve grade. Steve received the opportunity to play first grade as a replacement.
In 1979, he became a regular member of the first grade team and played in the Grand Final against St George. In 1980, Steve moved to the second row and played in the Premiership winning team against Easts (Roosters).