Steve Turner

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Steve Turner, (born on 10 October 1984 in Sydney) is an Australian retired professional rugby league footballer of the 2000s and 2010s. A New South Wales State of Origin representative winger, he played his club football in the National Rugby League for the Penrith Panthers, Melbourne Storm (with whom he won the 2007 and 2009 NRL Grand finals), and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the National Rugby League (NRL) competition.


Turner was educated at St Dominics College.[1] He started playing rugby league as a seven-year-old with Cambridge Park in Sydney's west. Also an under-15 state level touch football player, Turner was signed by the Penrith Panthers in 2000. He was a standout for Penrith's Harold Matthews Cup side and won selection in the NSW under-17 team. In 2001, he was the Panthers' SG Ball Player of the Year. During this time he was coached John Cartwright. He went on to play for NSW under-19s and the Junior Kangaroos.

Playing career

In 2002 Turner made his NRL debut for the Panthers against the Melbourne Storm. Turner then signed with Melbourne the next year. The reason given for the move to the Storm was that he was overshadowed by Queensland representative fullback Rhys Wesser. For Melbourne he played on the wing in the 2006 NRL Grand Final, scoring a try in the loss to the Brisbane Broncos.

In 2007, Turner was to be one of the inaugural members of the newly admitted Gold Coast Titans side after he announced in 2006 that he had signed a new deal to the Gold Coast. Turner agreed to join the Titans until the end of 2009 in June only to later change his mind and re-sign with the Storm for another three years.

On 16 January, the Titans agreed to release Turner to the Storm in exchange for two players [2]. In 2007 and 2009 Steve Turner was a member of the Storm's grand winning side.

He made his NSW State of Origin debut in Game II 2008 but has not played for the Blues since. The Blues were beaten 30-0 by the Maroons.

He signed with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs for the 2010 and 2011 seasons on a 2 year deal, competing for the place left by retiring Bulldogs icon Hazem El Masri. He scored his first double for the club in the Bulldogs' 60–14 thrashing of the Sydney Roosters in Round 3.

In 2011, Turner took over the goal kicking duties when Bryson Goodwin was injured. He has continued kicking goals since then. On 17 March 2013, Steve announced his retirement from Rugby League effective immediately due to a recurring knee injury.