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Where Are They Now: Shane Rodney

  • Where Are They Now: Shane Rodney
  • Where Are They Now: Shane Rodney
  • Where Are They Now: Shane Rodney
  • Where Are They Now: Shane Rodney
  • Where Are They Now: Shane Rodney

Many players complete lengthy NRL careers without winning a premiership but Shane Rodney was the kind of player who attracted success, lifting the trophy for both Penrith and Manly in his 131 game NRL career. His time at Penrith was short, but he quickly became a fan favourite. We take a look back at his career and where he's at now.

 

Honesty is the best policy so I'd like to preface this article with the fact that Shane Rodney is by far and away my favourite NRL player ever. I'm not sure if it's the reliability of his game, his ability to attract wins, the trademark green head-gear and booming smile, or just the fact that we share the same first name, but I always enjoyed watching Shane Rodney play footy.

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After making his debut for Penrith in the latter stages of a sloppy 2002 campaign Rodney bolted down a spot on the bench for the 2003 season which ended in a fairytale premiership for the unlikely side. The accolades didn't end there, with his green head-gear making an appearance for City in the 2004 City v Country Origin match, though that would be the end of his representative career. Former team mates Luke Lewis and Jamie Lyon thought there could've been much more on the representative horizon for him, though: Rodney could've achieved higher honours.

Two more years of solid footy ensued despite his club not putting the best results together before an horrific run of injuries kept Rodney away from the pitch for almost two entire seasons. Ankle and spine surgery coupled with two shoulder reconstructions would normally be enough to put an end to a rugby league career, but not for Rodney.

Picked up by the Manly Sea Eagles in 2009 it wasn't long before another Grand Final win was added to Rodney's resume, winning the 2011 competition alongside Joe Galuvao, who had also been there for Penrith's 2003 triumph.

The next stage of his career would take place overseas, for London Broncos (formerly Harlequins) in the English Super League. Here his goal kicking ability would guarantee him a regular spot in the side, alongside another former Panther Craig Gower, until the end of 2013 when the club opted not to offer him an extension.

Shane Rodney was one of the best utility forwards of the NRL in the naughties, do you think he could compete with the current crop if he made an unlikely return?

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