3 February 1991 |
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
|Height||185 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||96 kg (15 st 2 lb)|
|Position||Five-eighth, Fullback, Halfback|
Corey Norman (born 3 February 1991), is an Australian professional rugby league player who currently plays for the Parramatta Eels in the National Rugby League competition. Norman primarily plays as a five-eighth and halfback but can also play at fullback. Norman previously played for the Brisbane Broncos.
Born in Brisbane, Queensland, Norman is of Māori descent. Norman played his junior football for the Beenleigh Lions and attended Keebra Park State High School on the Gold Coast before being signed by the Brisbane Broncos. Norman played for the Broncos NYC Team in 2009-2011, where in 2009 he was awarded as the Broncos Back of the Year. Norman is eligible to represent New Zealand.
In Round 1 of the 2010 NRL season, Norman made his NRL debut for the Brisbane Broncos against the North Queensland Cowboys after beating the likes of Josh Hoffman to the Number 1 jersey after impressing in the trails. Norman made an impression in the opening minutes by saving two early tries before for the 19th minute when he set up Israel Folau in the corner for the first try of the night. Three minutes later, Norman delivered a perfectly weighted pass to captain Darren Lockyer to send him over for the second try of the night which helped the Broncos stay in front for the rest of the game, eventually winning 30-24 at Suncorp Stadium. After the game, Norman was named Man of the Match and became an instant hit with Brisbane fans. Norman continued to play at fullback till Round 5 before going back to the Broncos NYC team for a few matches after Josh Hoffman was chosen to be the preferred Fullback. In Round 9 against the Melbourne Storm, Norman scored his first NRL Career try in the Broncos 36-14 upset win in the Storms’ first match at their new home ground of AAMI Park. On 21 July 2010, Norman extended his contract with the Broncos to the end of the 2012 season. Since then, Norman only played in 5 matches, 4 of them with him at five-eighth as an experiment. Norman finished his debut year in the NRL with him playing in 12 matches and scoring 1 try for the Broncos in the 2010 NRL season. On 23 October 2010, Norman played for the Junior Kangaroos against the Junior Kiwis, playing at five-eighth in both of the 2 junior test matches, the Kangaroos 24-16 win in the first and the 36-20 loss in the second test.
On 24 February 2012, Norman extended his contract with the Broncos for 1 year, to the end of the 2013 season.  The 2012 NRL season was a breakout year for Norman, where he cemented the void five-eighth position following the retiring departure of Broncos Legend Darren Lockyer. Norman played in all of the Broncos 25 matches, scoring 10 tries and kicking 2 goals.
Following the signing of Gold Coast Titans experienced playmaker Scott Prince to the Broncos, Norman was shifted back to Fullback. On 25 March 2013, Norman announced that he signed a lucrative 3-year contract with the Parramatta Eels, starting from 2014 earning $450,000 a season and also a guaranteed fulltime playing position in his preferred five-eighth spot. Norman continued to play at fullback for the Broncos until Round 18 when he fall of favour from coach Anthony Griffin and spent the rest of the year playing in the Wynnum-Manly Seagulls in the Queensland Cup. Norman finished his last year with the Brisbane Broncos with him playing in 18 matches and scoring 2 tries in the 2013 NRL season.
In February 2014, Norman was selected in the Eels inaugural 2014 Auckland Nines squad. In Round 1 of the 2014 NRL season, Norman made his club debut for the Parramatta Eels against the New Zealand Warriors, playing at five-eighth and kicking 2 goals in the Eels 36-16 win at Parramatta Stadium. In Round 10 against the St George Illawarra Dragons, Norman scored his first club try for the Eels in the 36-0 win at Parramatta Stadium. Norman his first year with the Parramatta Eels with him cementing the five-eighth position as his own, playing in all of the club’s 24 matches, scoring 3 tries and kicking goals in the 2014 NRL season.
In 26 January 2015, Norman was named in the Eels 2015 NRL Auckland Nines squad where he was named in the Team of Tournament. In Round 13 of 2015 against the North Queensland Cowboys, Norman played his 100th NRL career match and also scored a try in the Eels 36-30 loss at Parramatta Stadium, after they lead 30-6 till up to the 57th minute. Norman finished the 2015 NRL season with him playing in 22 matches and scoring 3 tries for the Eels.
In February 2016, Norman was selected as captain of the Eels 2016 Auckland Nines squad, where he took out coveted player of the tournament awarded after he led the team to the tournament final where the Eels triumphed over the New Zealand Warriors 22-4 to win their maiden Auckland 9's title. In Round 1 against his former club the Brisbane Broncos, during the match in the Eels 17-4 loss at Parramatta Stadium, Norman left the field injured and was seen using his mobile phone in the changing rooms in which the players are banned to use their mobile phones during NRL matches. Norman was cleared and said that he was only letting his family know that he was okay. During the 2016 season Norman cemented his spot in the competition as a superstar, leading the injury ridden Parramatta Eels to a big Round 9 win over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 20-12. During the game Rugby League commentator/legendary Blues coach Phil Gould quoted "Norman would walk into a blues Jersey if he was a New South Welshman" Although Norman's eligibility is to Queensland despite being stuck behind the likes of Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk. By May 2016, Norman was named third in the leader board for the 2016 Dally M Medal. After the Round 18 against the Sydney Roosters in the 22-18 win at Parramatta Stadium, In 21 July 2016, Norman’s exciting 2016 campaign crashed and burned after he was suspended for 8 weeks and was fined $20,000 for breaches of conduct including being caught with capsules of MDMA in his possession at the Star Casino, filming drug use and sexual activity and consorting with known criminals. Norman’s turbulent 2016 NRL season ended with him playing in 18 matches and scoring 1 try for the Eels.
In February 2017, Norman was named in the Eels 2017 Auckland Nines squad as the Captain of the team. In Round 1 against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, Norman made his return from suspension, shifting to halfback and scoring a try in the Eels 20-12 victory at Brookvale Oval.
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