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January 10: Thaiday gives up Broncos captaincy; Daley honoured

On this day, Laurie Daley honoured in Junee, Adam Muir becomes a Bear and Sam Thaiday gives up the Broncos captaincy.

1990

Cody Walker was born in Nowra. A late bloomer to the NRL, he made his first-grade debut for the Rabbitohs at the age of 26, and has since established himself as one of the best five-eighths in the competition. A proud man from the Yuin and Bundjalung tribes, he had the honour to captain the Indigenous All Stars to victory in the 2019 NRL All Stars match. He made his State of Origin debut in game one of the series that year but was omitted for the other two matches of the series.

1991

Chad Townsend was born in Caringbah. A local junior, he made his NRL debut with Cronulla in 2011 but joined the Warriors for a two-year stint in 2014 before returning home. Townsend was the halfback for Cronulla in their 2016 premiership win over Melbourne and has established himself as one of the most skilful playmakers in the Telstra Premiership.

Sharks halfback Chad Townsend.
Sharks halfback Chad Townsend. ©Scott Davis/NRL Photos

1996 

Dylan Edwards was born in Albury. A speedy fullback, he made his NRL debut with one game for Penrith in 2016 before cementing a spot in first grade the following year. His 2018 campaign was ruined by a serious shoulder injury but he bounced back the next season to reclaim the Penrith No.1 jersey.

1996   

Gold Coast players boycott training over their dissatisfaction with club owner Jeff Muller. Muller announces the signing of former international Martin Bella.

1997   

Newcastle second-rower Adam Muir signs a four year deal with North Sydney, beginning in 1998.

2005   

Manly halfback Michael Monaghan is appointed club captain for 2005.

2008   

Brisbane Broncos hard man Tonie Carroll announces he will retire at the end of the 2008 season and will no longer be available for representative selection.

Matt Orford during his stint with the Raiders.
Matt Orford during his stint with the Raiders. ©NRL Photos

2011   

Former Dally M winner Matt Orford signs a two-year deal with the Canberra Raiders after being released by Super League club Bradford.

2013   

NSW State of Origin coach Laurie Daley is honoured by his home town Junee with the re-naming of Willow Park to Laurie Daley Oval.

2014   

Test second-rower Sam Thaiday stands down as Broncos captain, paving the way for veterans Corey Parker and Justin Hodges to be appointed the club’s first co-captains.

Thaiday admitted by the end of the 2013 season he was “drowning under the pressure” of the job. Media speculation suggests Thaiday’s failure to attend “Mad Monday” drinks with the team was the beginning of the end of his tenure as skipper.

2015   

Injured Newcastle Knights forward Alex McKinnon reaches another milestone in his rehabilitation when he stands and holds himself up with limited assistance

2018   

Manly re-sign second-rower Curtis Sironen to a new three-year, $1.25 million deal.

 

This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.