Jacob Loko

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Jacob Loko (born 12 August 1992) is an Australian rugby league player who currently signed for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the National Rugby League (NRL) competition.[1] Loko is of Fijian and Tongan descent.

Early life

[2] Loko was raised in Claymore, New South Wales (a small suburb in Campbelltown), Loko began playing junior rugby league for Campbelltown City and Eagle Vale, while also attending Eaglevale High School. Loko then moved to Westfields Sports High School playing junior league with the Cabramatta club and Allsaints Toongabbie, before completing his senior year at The Hills Sports High School. He was part of the team that won the ARL Schoolboy Cup, formerly known as the Arrive Alive or Nutri-Grain cup, and also played for the New South Wales under 18's team at the state championships.[3]

Rugby league career

2010-14: Career with Parramatta

During Loko's senior year in high school Loko performed strongly on the Parramatta Eels S. G. Ball Cup squad, which earned him a place in the National Youth Competition team. Loko has played 16 games for the Parramatta Eels' National Youth Competition team over the 2010 and 2011 season, in which he has scored 7 tries including a hat-trick against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.[4] Loko made his debut for the Parramatta Eels in round five of the 2011 NRL season against the Melbourne Storm where the Parramatta Eels were defeated 38–0. He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the Round 17 game against the Brisbane Broncos. He was ruled out of the remainder of the 2011 NRL season and was hoping to return to first grade in 2012. In the 2012 preseason, Loko sustained another knee injury whilst boxing. He was once again ruled out for the remainder of the season. Loko returned to first grade in the 2013 NRL season and made his long awaited return in Round 1 against the Warriors, where the Eels won 40-10.

2014-present: Career with Bulldogs

On Wednesday 2 2014, The Bulldogs have moved to shore up their outside backs stocks with confirmation they have signed promising Eels centre Jacob Loko, effective immediately.