Danny Wicks

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Danny Wicks
Wicks while playing for the Knights in 2009.
Personal information
Nickname Wicksy[1]
Born (1985-12-05) 5 December 1985 (age 29)
Grafton, New South Wales, Australia
Height 189 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 106 kg (16 st 10 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–07 St. George Illawarra 29 2 0 0 8
2008–09 Newcastle Knights 40 4 0 0 16
2015– Parramatta Eels 16 1 0 0 4
Total 85 7 0 0 28
As of 27 June 2015
Source: Rugby League Project

Danny Wicks (born 5 December 1985) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Parramatta Eels in the National Rugby League. He primarily plays as a prop. From September 2011 to March 2013, he served an eighteen-month prison sentence for trafficking drugs.


Born in Grafton, New South Wales, Wicks played his junior football for the Grafton Ghosts, before being signed by the St. George Illawarra Dragons.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 2006, Wicks played for the St. George Illawarra Dragons New South Wales Cup team.[2]


In Round 10 of the 2006 NRL season, Wicks made his NRL debut for the Dragons against the New Zealand Warriors.[3] He scored a try on debut.


In 2007, Wicks signed a 3-year contract with the Newcastle Knights starting in 2008, following Brian Smith's clean out of the club.[4]


In December 2009, Wicks was arrested for supplying prohibited drugs and possession of prohibited drugs. After being released on bail, he quit the Knights "so the club can move forward".[5]


In 2010, Wicks played for the Grafton Ghosts while his matter was in the courts,[6] eventually being sentenced to eighteen months in prison.


In May 2014, Wicks' agent started approaching clubs about the possibility of signing him to a contract for 2015, with his four-year WADA suspension for drugs ending in September 2014. During his stay in prison, Wicks lost 20 kilograms to get back to his old playing weight of 106 kilograms.[7] On 30 October 2014, he signed a 1-year contract with the Parramatta Eels starting in 2015.[8][9] He made his return to the NRL in Round 2 of the 2015 NRL season against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.[10] On 11 April 2015, he re-signed with the Eels on a 1-year contract.[11]

Drug conviction[edit]

On 16 December 2009, Wicks was arrested and charged with eight drug related offences, including six counts of supplying a prohibited drug and two counts of possessing a prohibited drug. Police said that Strike Force Welham had been set up to investigate the supply of amphetamine, cocaine and ecstasy in the Clarence Valley region. Wicks was arrested as he drove his car along Brunker Road, Adamstown at around 6:30am, as part of coordinated police raids in four locations.[12] In September 2011, He was sentenced to a maximum of three years in jail after being found guilty of trafficking drugs.[13] He was released on 29 March 2013 after serving eighteen months of a three-year sentence at Glen Innes Correctional Centre. Where he spent most of his time in the boneyard[14]


  1. ^ Dillon, Robert (2008-08-21). "Brian Smith props up beleaguered Danny Wicks | Newcastle Herald". Theherald.com.au. Retrieved 2015-03-13. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "NRL 2006 - Round 10". Rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 2015-03-13. 
  4. ^ Coomber, John (2007-09-06). "Running aground in the Hunter" (fee required). AAP Sports News. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  5. ^ Brett Keeble. "Danny Wicks drugs". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-03-13. 
  6. ^ "Danny Wicks Makes Bush Footy Return for 50". Dailytelegraph.com.auaccessdate=2015-03-13. 
  7. ^ "Danny Wicks Pleads for NRL CLubs to Resurrect his League Career". Dailytelegraph.com.auaccessdate=2015-03-13. 
  8. ^ "Eels Announce Five Signings For 2015 - Eels". Parraeels.com.au. Retrieved 2015-03-13. 
  9. ^ "FOX SPORTS News on Twitter: ".@TheParraEels coach Brad Arthur confirms club has signed former Newcastle Prop Danny Wicks #NRL"". Twitter.com. 2014-09-09. Retrieved 2015-03-13. 
  10. ^ "Late Mail: NRL Round Two - Eels". Parraeels.com.au. Retrieved 2015-03-13. 
  11. ^ http://www.parraeels.com.au/news/2015/04/11/eels_extend_wicks_co.html
  12. ^ "Newcastle Knights star Danny Wicks charged by police". The Sydney Morning Herald. 16 December 2009. 
  13. ^ "Wicks has devastated family: father". smh.com.au. 30 September 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  14. ^ Rothfield, Phil (29 March 2013). "EXCLUSIVE: Former NRL star Danny Wicks has been released from jail and opens up on life behind bars". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 

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