|Kemp playing for the Broncos in 2008|
11 May 1987 |
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||87 kg (13 st 10 lb)|
|Position||Wing, Fullback, Centre|
|2012||St. George Illawarra||0||0||0||0||0|
|Source: NRL Stats, RLP|
Denan Kemp is an Australian professional rugby footballer who currently plays rugby league for the Brisbane Broncos in the National Rugby League (NRL). A speedy winger, he has previously played in the NRL for the New Zealand Warriors and the St George Illawarra Dragons before a brief stint in rugby union in 2011, playing for Southern Districts in the Shute Shield competition. He is of Turkish and New Zealand descent.
Originally a soccer player for Gold Coast premier club, Mudgeeraba SC, Kemp was spotted by scouts for the Brisbane Broncos and convinced to convert to rugby league. Kemp attended St Michaels College while pursuing his rugby league dream. Kemp went on to play rugby league with the Brisbane Wests in the Queensland Cup before joining Brisbane Broncos feeder club, the Toowoomba Clydesdales. He then was transferred to the Aspley Broncos in 2007 by the Brisbane Broncos.
Denan made his first grade debut for the Broncos in Round 10, 2007 against the Manly Sea Eagles. During the game Kemp scored an individual 75 metre try. This try was voted as the third best of the 2007 season by NRL.com. In 2007 Kemp ran the quickest 40m sprint time in the clubs history recording 4.85sec and hitting speeds up to 34 km/h.
In 2008 Denan Kemp started the season strongly coming up with 4 tries in his first 3 games. He went on to play twenty four games for the club in 2008. In Round 12 he scored 4 tries while playing against the Parramatta Eels, equaling a club record that he now shares with Lote Tuqiri and Steve Renouf. The record came just hours after he had announced that he was joining the New Zealand Warriors for the 2009 season. When not selected for the first grade side, Kemp turned out for the Norths Devils in the Queensland Cup.
Denan was Brisbane's top try-scorer in 2008 and named the club's rookie of the year.
On 28 May the New Zealand Warriors announced that they had signed Kemp for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Whilst at the Warriors he took on goal-kicking responsibilities for the club for the first half of the 2009 season.
In Round 2, 2009, Kemp kicked the match winning conversion from the sideline to defeat the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles with 28 seconds left. However for much of the season Kemp could not break into the first grade side, instead he was assigned to Otahuhu and played for the Auckland Vulcans in the NSW Cup. Near the end of the season he asked for a release so he could return to Queensland to rebuild his National Rugby League career. Kemp played in ten games for the Warriors, scoring 46 points.
Return to Brisbane
On 16 September 2009 Kemp announced that he has re-signed with the Brisbane Broncos for the 2010 season, after being granted an early release from the final year of his contract with the NZ Warriors. Kemp has showed interest in claiming the number one fullback jersey left vacant by the AFL bound Karmichael Hunt. In Round 1 2010 against the North Queensland Cowboys, he scored the final try which won the game for the Broncos 30-24. Unfortunately Kemp suffered a dislocated rib and a collapsed lung from the Knights game[when?] and spent the rest of the 2010 season injured. He played for the Wynnum Manly Seagulls in the 2011 Queensland Cup, before joining the Australian Rugby Union in April 2011.
Return again to the Broncos
On 18 January 2013 Denan signed a one year deal to return where his career started again for the third time. However, he failed to play a single game for the Broncos throughout the entire 2013 NRL Season and was released in 2014.
- "With Aussie accent, Horo says he's a Kiwi at heart". The Sydney Morning Herald. 29 August 2010.
- QLD Cup preview globalrugbyleague.com, 14 March 2008
- Thaiday wins Paul Morgan Medal rleague.com, 16 October 2008
- Vodafone Warriors Sign Brisbane Speedster Kemp For Two Years warriors.co.nz
- "Warriors sign flying Kemp". Television New Zealand. 29 May 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
- Warriors release winger Kemp nrl.com, 24 August 2009
- "Warriors: Kemp given release". The New Zealand Herald. 24 August 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
- Kemp coming home to Broncos nrl.com, 16 September 2009
- Round 1 Queensland Intrust Super Cup Preview rleague.com, 18 March 2011
- "Kemp Joins Dragons for 2012". www.dragons.com.au. 20 November 2011. Archived from the original on 20 November 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011.