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Blake Leary (born 4 December 1990) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Lezignan Sangliers in the Elite One Championship. He primarily plays at lock and second-row, but can also fill in at hooker.

Blake Leary
Blake Leary.jpg
Personal information
Born (1990-12-04) 4 December 1990 (age 28)
Mona Vale, New South Wales, Australia
Height180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight97 kg (15 st 4 lb)
Playing information
PositionLock, Second-row, Hooker
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2012–14 North Queensland 2 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Manly Sea Eagles 27 1 0 0 4
2017 North Queensland 3 0 0 0 0
2019– Lezignan Sangliers 0 0 0 0 0
Total 32 1 0 0 4
As of 25 February 2018
Source: [1]

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BackgroundEdit

Lear was born in Mona Vale, New South Wales, Australia and moved to the Gold Coast, Queensland at the age of one.[2]

He played his junior football for the Nerang Roosters and attended Keebra Park State High School, before being signed by the Melbourne Storm in 2009. As a youngster, Leary played for the Queensland Under 18s team.

Playing careerEdit

In 2009 and 2010, Leary played for the Melbourne Storm's NYC team, scoring 17 tries, 5 goals and 1 field goal in 26 games.[3] He captained the team in 2010.

In 2011, Leary joined the North Queensland Cowboys, playing for their Queensland Cup team, Northern Pride RLFC. Shortly after being suspended in 2011, Leary injured his knee, requiring a knee reconstruction and missed the rest of the season. In 2012, he recovered from his knee reconstruction to train with the Cowboys first-grade squad.[4]

In Round 25 of the 2012 NRL season, Leary made his NRL debut for the Cowboys against the Newcastle Knights.[5][6]

At the beginning of 2014, Leary was released by the Cowboys.[2]

In July 2014, Leary played for the Queensland Residents team.[7]

On 1 October 2014, Leary signed a 2-year contract with the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles starting in 2015.[2][8]

On 14 November 2016, Leary returned to north Queensland, signing with the Townsville Blackhawks after two seasons with Manly.[9] Over the 2017 pre-season, Leary trained with his former club, the North Queensland Cowboys. He scored a try in the Cowboys' 11-10 trial win over the Sydney Roosters but did not earn an NRL contract with the club.[10][11]

In Round 6 of the 2017 NRL season, Leary was recalled by the Cowboys, coming off the bench against the Wests Tigers.[12] He would play 3 games for the Cowboys in 2017, starting at hooker in two of those games.

In 2018, Leary returned to the Gold Coast, joining the Burleigh Bears.

StatisticsEdit

NRLEdit

Season Team Matches T G GK % F/G Pts
2012 North Queensland 1 0 0 0 0
2013 North Queensland 1 0 0 0 0
2015 Manly 13 1 0 0 4
2016 Manly 14 0 0 0 0
2017 North Queensland 3 0 0 0 0
Career totals 32 1 0 0 4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Blake Leary - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b c NRL. "Promising trio added to Sea Eagles roster". Sea Eagles. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 February 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Leary takes to paddock for more pain| Townsville Bulletin Sport
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 August 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Qld Residents bursting with Pride". NRL.com. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Home | Live Scores & Latest News". Fox Sports. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  9. ^ http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/sport/local-sport/blake-leary-knocks-back-super-league-offer-to-join-blackhawks/news-story/a940c92d50423b2d114f018ba96b088b
  10. ^ http://www.cowboys.com.au/news/2017/02/07/trial_teams_named_fo.af_news.html
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 February 2017. Retrieved 17 February 2017.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ http://www.cowboys.com.au/news/2017/04/08/team_list_cowboys_v_.html

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