PLAYERS | Joel Clinton

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Panther 424

137 matches [2002-2007]

20 points [5 tries]

Stats: themightypanthers.com/players_clinton-joel.htm

Riverstone junior who played lower grades at Parramatta before signing with the Panthers, and debuting early in the 2002 season.

In 2003, he became a regular starter in the front row and would be an integral member of the Panthers surprise run towards their second premiership title at the end of the year. The form shown throughout the year was rewarded with selection on the Kangaroo Tour, but could not crack it for a position during any of the matches.

However, he would finally earn a Test debut in the ANZAC Test in 2004, however, would curiously not be selected for New South Wales a couple of months later for the State of Origin series. With the exception of selection for City in 2005 and 2006, Clinton would fall off the representative radar.

He would continue to provide good service for the Panthers, missing only four matches across three seasons from 2005 to 2007, and making his 100th appearance in 2006.

Midway through the 2007 season, it was announced that he would be leaving the club to go to the Brisbane Broncos. He would later play for Hull KR in the English Super League before playing out his career in the Queensland Cup for the Mackay Cutters.

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