Edrick Lee (born 18 September 1992) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a winger and centre for the Newcastle Knights in the NRL.

Edrick Lee
Edrick Lee Queensland.jpg
Personal information
Born (1992-09-18) 18 September 1992 (age 29)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Height196 cm (6 ft 5 in)
Weight100 kg (15 st 10 lb)
Playing information
PositionWing, Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2012–16 Canberra Raiders 67 33 0 0 132
2017–18 Cronulla Sharks 24 14 1 0 58
2019– Newcastle Knights 35 21 0 0 84
Total 126 68 1 0 274
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2016 Indigenous All Stars 1 0 0 0 0
2020 Queensland 1 1 0 0 4
As of 1 July 2022
Source: [1]

Lee previously played for the Canberra Raiders and Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in the National Rugby League, and also the Indigenous All Stars and Queensland in the State of Origin series.

BackgroundEdit

 
Lee playing for the 2012 Under 20s Queensland team

Lee was born and raised in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. He is of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.[2]

Lee is the cousin of NBA basketball player Patty Mills,[3] NBL basketball player Nathan Jawai and Brisbane Broncos rugby league player Brenko Lee.[4] Edrick's uncle is former Olympian basketballer Danny Morseu, the second Indigenous Australian to represent Australia at the Olympics in basketball.[5] Edrick's great uncle is Indigenous land rights activist Eddie Mabo.[6]

Lee began playing rugby league at age 12 for Easts Mount Gravatt. A keen basketball player in his youth, Lee represented the Brisbane Bullets development squad before deciding to focus on rugby league.

Playing careerEdit

In 2010, Lee was playing rugby league in Brisbane's second division competition for Mt Gravatt, situated in the Brisbane Broncos official catchment area, when he was spotted by Souths Logan Magpies scout Brian Edwards. Edwards recruited Lee to the Magpies under 20s squad. After 8 games, Edwards contacted Canberra Raiders development officer David Hamilton, who signed Lee to play for the Raiders Toyota Cup (Under-20s) team for 2011. In his first season for the Raiders Under-20s team, Lee played 14 games scoring 5 tries, playing wing, second row and off the bench. In 2012, Lee was included in the Raiders first grade trial against the Melbourne Storm in which he scored a try. On 9 March 2012, Lee re-signed with Canberra for a further 2 years, until the end of the 2014 NRL season.[7] Lee cemented his spot in the centres for the Raiders under 20s in 2012, scoring 11 tries in their first 10 games. One of the form players to start the year, Lee was called up to represent Queensland in the inaugural Under 20s State of Origin. Lee scored 2 tries in the 18–14 loss to New South Wales at Penrith Stadium.[8]

2012Edit

In round 12 of the 2012 NRL season, Lee made his NRL debut on the wing for the Raiders against the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the Raiders 18–36 loss at ANZ Stadium.[9][10] In his third first grade game, in round 14, against the Newcastle Knights, Lee scored his first and second NRL career tries in the Raiders 32–16 win at Hunter Stadium.[11] Lee finished his debut year in the NRL with playing in 7 matches and scoring 6 tries. Lee was listed on 23 September in Lifestyle Uncuts' Top Ten Youngsters in the NRL, alongside players such as Nathan Green and Paul Carter.[12]

2013Edit

In round 13, against the Broncos, Lee broke his arm with 15 minutes remaining. He remained on the field in the Raiders 30–18 win, resulting in Lee being praised for the toughness he showed. Lee also scored a try in the match.[13] The fracture ended Lee's season. He had played in 9 matches and scored 7 tries. On 23 October, Lee re-signed with the Canberra Raiders until the end of the 2017 season.[14]

2014Edit

In round 3, against the Gold Coast Titans, Lee was originally ruled out for the rest of the season after tearing ligaments in his foot during the Raiders 12–24 loss.[15] He made a return in round 22 and finished the year with 2 tries from 8 appearances.[16]

2015Edit

In June, Lee was named as 18th man for Queensland leading up to game 3 of the 2015 State of Origin series.[17] He finished the 2015 season having played in 23 matches and scored 12 tries.[18] He was named in the Prime Minister's XIII train-on squad but was ruled out due to injury.[19][20]

2016Edit

At the start of the year, Lee was selected in the QAS Emerging Maroons squad.[21] On 5 February, Lee was one of eight players from the Maroons emerging camp who was banned from representing Queensland for 12-months after breaking curfew in Brisbane.[22] On 13 February, Lee played on the wing for the Indigenous All Stars against the World All Stars in the 8–12 loss at Suncorp Stadium.[23] In the Raiders Preliminary Final match against the Melbourne Storm, Lee made two crucial knock-ons as the Raiders lost 12–14 at AAMI Park.[24][25] Lee finished the 2016 NRL season with him playing in 23 matches and scoring 7 tries for the Raiders.

2017Edit

On 23 February 2017, Lee signed a 2-year deal the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks after being released by the Raiders. Lee commented that he was "really excited to be joining the club, I can't wait for this year and I'm grateful for the opportunity."[26][27] In round 1 of the 2017 NRL season, Lee made his club debut for the Sharks against the Brisbane Broncos, playing on the wing in the 18–26 loss at Shark Park.[28] In round 3, against the St George Illawarra Dragons, Lee scored his first club try for the Sharks in the 10–16 loss at Shark Park.[29] Lee spent the majority of The 2017 season with Cronulla's feeder club team The Newtown Jets in The Intrust Super Premiership NSW. On 26 June 2017, Lee was held up over the line with less than 4 minutes to play when playing for Newtown against Wests Tigers in what some media outlets described as the bombed try of the year. If Lee was to have scored the try it would have leveled the game for Newtown and possibly had won them the match.[30][31][32]

2018Edit

After spending the majority of the 2017 season in reserve grade playing for Newtown, Lee was recalled to the Cronulla team for their round 4 game against Melbourne. He scored a try on his return in Cronulla's 14–4 victory.[33] In June, he signed a 3-year contract with the Newcastle Knights starting in 2019.[34]

Lee made a total of 19 appearances for Cronulla in 2018 and scored 12 tries. Lee was part of the Cronulla team which made it all the way to the preliminary final but fell short of another grand final appearance losing to Melbourne 22–6.[35]

2020Edit

Lee made his State of Origin debut for Queensland in Game 3 of the 2020 State of Origin series after Xavier Coates was ruled out with an injury he suffered in the pre-game captain's run. Lee scored a try in the Maroons’ series-winning victory.[36] This would be Lee's last game for over a year after he succumbed to multiple injuries.[37]

2022Edit

Over 500 days since Lee's last professional game, he made his return to the NRL for the Newcastle side against the St. George Illawarra Dragons in round 6 of the 2022 season.[37] In May, Lee signed a two-year contract with new NRL franchise the Dolphins starting in 2023.[38] In round 16 of the 2022 season, Lee became the first Newcastle player to score five tries in one game, as they went on to defeat bottom placed Gold Coast 38-12.[39][40]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Edrick Lee - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. 18 September 1992. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Canberra Raiders Fan Favourtie Edrick Lee Could Have Been a Basketball Star". The Daily Telegraph. Australia. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Former Brisbane Bullets Basketball Player Edrick Lee Signs Two Year Contract". Foxpsorts.com.au. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  4. ^ Jon Tuxworth. "Canberra Raiders' Brenko Lee puts aside homesick blues". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  5. ^ Davis, Sam (27 July 2012). "Former Boomer remembers Moscow Olympics". ABC.net.au. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  6. ^ Jawai,Nate (31 July 2020). "The Better I Got in Sports, the Worse the Racism Got". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  7. ^ "Raiders re-sign rising star Edrick Lee". SportsAustralia.com. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  8. ^ Jon Tuxworth. "Lee earns big rap from Meninga". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  9. ^ Jon Tuxworth. "Homesick Lee rockets into his Raiders debut". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Rabbitohs v Raiders". The Daily Telegraph. Australia. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Canberra Raiders Add to Wayne Bennett's Misery". The Australian. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  12. ^ "The Top 10 Youngsters From The NRL You'd Like To See in Super League by Chris Taylor of Lifestyle Uncut". Lifestyleuncut.com. 23 September 2012. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  13. ^ Jon Tuxworth (12 June 2013). "Edrick Lee |". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  14. ^ Lee Gaskin (23 October 2013). "Edrick Lee re-signs with Canberra Raiders until 2017". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  15. ^ Chris Wilson. "Canberra Raiders winger Edrick Lee out for NRL season". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  16. ^ Jon Tuxworth. "What we learned: Parramatta Eels v Canberra Raiders". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  17. ^ Jon Tuxworth (29 June 2015). "Shock Queensland inclusion Edrick Lee 'could do a job' if called up: Sailor". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  18. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. 19 August 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  19. ^ "Prime Minister's XIII train-on squad". NRL.com. 8 September 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  20. ^ Lee Gaskin (13 September 2015). "Kangaroos forward Josh Papalii one of four Raiders players ruled out of PM's XIII squad". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  21. ^ "Maroons name Emerging Origin squad". NRL.com. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  22. ^ Dan Walsh; Pamela Whaley (5 February 2016). "Queensland Origin bans: Replacements for suspended Maroons Ben Hunt, Anthony Milford, Dylan Napa". Fox Sports. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  23. ^ Chris Garry (13 February 2016). "World All Stars defeat Indigenous All Stars 12-8 at Suncorp Stadium". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  24. ^ "NRL Finals: Six magic moments from the Melbourne Storm v Canberra Raiders". The Sydney Morning Herald. 24 September 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  25. ^ John Dean (24 September 2016). "Video: Canberra Raiders Edrick Lee bombs try in Storm NRL preliminary final win". Fox Sports. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  26. ^ "Sharks sign Edrick Lee". NRL.com. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  27. ^ "The Cronulla Sharks have signed Edrick Lee until end of season 2018". The Daily Telegraph. Australia. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  28. ^ "NRL season 2017: Brisbane Broncos to come under concussion scrutiny in win over Cronulla Sharks". The Sydney Morning Herald. 3 March 2017. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  29. ^ "Dragons edge Sharks in derby". NRL.com. 18 December 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  30. ^ "Edrick Lee produces bombed try of the year". Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  31. ^ "Jets fail to tame Tigers". 25 June 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  32. ^ "Littlejohn-inspired Tigers Pip Jets". 24 June 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  33. ^ Pengilly, Adam (30 March 2018). "Smith loses cool as referees rage in Sharks upset win". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  34. ^ "Knights add Lee - Zero Tackle". 25 June 2018. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  35. ^ Parkin, Richard (21 September 2018). "NRL preliminary final: Storm sink Sharks - as it happened". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  36. ^ "State of Origin 2020 live scores: Game 3 updates, Queensland wins, result, NSW".
  37. ^ a b "Ready 'Eddie' go: Lee prepares for emotional return". National Rugby League. 13 April 2022.
  38. ^ "Lee signs off with the Knights". Newcastle Knights. 16 May 2022.
  39. ^ "Lee scores five tries as Knights too good for Titans". National Rugby League. 1 July 2022.
  40. ^ "'You can't give that': Knights star scores FIVE tries... but should this one have counted?". www.foxsports.com.au.

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