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Jake Clifford

Halfback

Cowboys

Player Bio

Height:
184 cm
Weight:
95 kg
Age:
20
Date of Birth:
02 January 1998
Birthplace:
Cairns, QLD
Nickname:
Cliffo
Debut Club:
North Queensland Cowboys
Opposition:
St George Illawarra Dragons
Date:
21 July 2018
Round:
19
Previous Club:
-
Junior Club:
Tully Tigers
Biography:

Tully Tigers junior Jake Clifford first came to the Cowboys in 2016 as a junior member of Aaron Payne’s NYC team.

Sidelined by a serious shoulder injury incurred playing age-group rep footy in March of that year, Clifford spent a frustrating year on the sidelines rehabbing from his surgery.

The dynamic halfback finally made his U20 debut in Round 1 of 2017 and went on to have a dream year as coach Aaron Payne’s chief playmaker.

So impressive was Clifford’s campaign that he was named the NYC Player of the Year, a title he’ll have forever given the national age-group competition wound up in 2017.

The youngster’s efforts were rewarded with a two-year contract in the Cowboys’ senior squad, the 19-year-old keen to get back on the paddock after more off-season shoulder surgery.

Jake Clifford entered the 2018 season as one of the brightest prospects in rugby league and finished it as Johnathan Thurston’s regular halves partner for the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys.

The 20-year-old began the season playing halfback for the Northern Pride in the Queensland Cup and was on track to finish as the competition’s leading point scorer, but those plans were derailed by an NRL call-up late in the season.

Clifford made his first grade debut in Round 19 against St George Illawarra, partnering Thurston in the halves with regular five-eighth Te Maire Martin moving to fullback.

The Tully-product played the ensuing six games, with the highlight being his three try assist performance in Thurston’s final game at 1300SMILES Stadium against Parramatta in Round 24.

Despite playing just 16 games, Clifford was named a finalist for the Queensland Cup Player of the Year Award and claimed the competition’s Rookie of the Year gong.

He was also named Cowboys Rookie of the Year and nabbed man of the match honours in Queensland’s under 20s State of Origin victory over NSW.

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Player name: Jake Clifford
Favourite movie: Step Brothers
Favourite athlete growing up: JT – then and now
Who would play you in a movie?: Jed Rees
If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?: Spaghetti
Most ridiculous fact you know: Gavin Cooper and Matt Scott have the smallest glutes in the club’s history
First CD: Chris Brown
Run on song: Blkkk Skkkn Head – Kayne West
Event you would most like to attend: Super Bowl
One superpower: Teleportation
Childhood career ambition: Builder or footy player
Pre-game meal: Spaghetti the night before and Eggs Benedict in the morning
One word to describe yourself: Wannabe JT

Career

Appearances
6
Tries
0

2018 Season

Appearances
6

Scoring

Tries
0

Kicking

Forced Drop Outs
5
Average Kicking Metres
148.4

Attack

Try Assists
3
Line Break Assists
2

Passing

Offloads
2
Receipts
177

Defence

Tackles Made
107
Tackle Efficiency

Running Metres

Average Running Metres
60.2
Total Running Metres
361

Fantasy

Total Points
181
Average Points
30.2

2018 Season - By Round

2018 Season - By Round
Round Opponent Score Position Minutes Played Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Forced Drop Outs Try Assists Linebreaks Tackle Breaks Post Contact Metres Offloads Receipts Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Hit Up Running Metres Kick Return Metres
19 Dragons Lost 10 - 24 Fullback 80 - - - 163 1 - - - 15 - 29 20 3 29 - -
20 Knights Won 20 - 18 Five-Eighth 80 - - - 100 - - - - 10 - 22 21 7 37 - -
21 Roosters Lost 26 - 20 Five-Eighth 80 - - - 159 2 - - - 14 - 33 23 5 56 - -
22 Broncos Won 34 - 30 Five-Eighth 80 - - - 71 - - - 1 16 - 28 14 - 55 - -
23 Sharks Lost 28 - 16 Five-Eighth 80 - - - 236 - - 1 3 28 - 31 14 5 107 - -
24 Eels Won 44 - 6 Five-Eighth 80 - - - 161 2 3 - 1 26 2 34 15 1 74 - -

Career By Season

Career By Season
Year Played Won Lost Drawn Win % Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Kicking Metres Average Goal Conversion Rate Forced Drop Outs Try Assists Offloads Receipts Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Average Running Metres Kick Return Metres Total Points Average Points
Cowboys 2018 6 3 3 - 50% - - - 890 148.37 - 5 3 2 177 107 21 361 60.23 - 181 30.2

Career Overall

Career Overall
Year Start Year End Played Won Lost Drawn Win % Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Kicking Metres Average Goal Conversion Rate Forced Drop Outs Try Assists Offloads Receipts Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Average Running Metres Kick Return Metres Total Points Average Points
Cowboys 2018 2018 6 3 3 - - - - - 890 148.37 - - 3 2 - 107 21 361 60.00 - 181 30.2

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