PLAYERS | Bryce Cartwright

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Panther 541

68 matches [2014-2017]

68 points [16 tries]

Stats: themightypanthers.com/players_cartwright-bryce.htm

St. Marys junior and third generation of the patriarchal Cartwright family, being the grandson of the club’s founding father Merv Cartwright, son of David and nephew of former captain John and also Michael.

In the lower grades, Bryce was already displaying similar ball playing skills that his uncle John possessed, particularly with his passing. He was a member of the all-conquering 2013 Under 20s premiership team (where he was also named that competition’s player of the year), and after starting the 2014 season in the NSW Cup, he soon made his much-awaited debut.

He would play 7 matches in his first NRL season, starting in 2 of them (one at five-eighth and one in the second row), before injury prematurely finished his season on the eve of the finals.

Come 2015, Cartwright would establish himself as a regular member of the 17, playing mostly in the second row.

In 2016, he would start the season in the second row and make his representative debut for City, but midway through the season would be shifted to five-eighth.

2017 would start with an appearance for the NRL All Stars in the annual pre-season clash with the Indigenous All Stars but would have an interrupted season due to injury and off-field matters. He would return for the final month of the premiership season, and put in a commanding performance in the elimination final against Manly.

In January 2018, Cartwright would be granted a release on compassionate grounds, and ventured north to the Gold Coast Titans.

After a troubled stint at the Titans, he was released in mid-2020 to return to Sydney, and soon after was signed by Parramatta for the 2021 season, where he has resurrected his career and is currently contracted until the end of the 2023 season.

Last updated 22 November 2022

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