Kingston in 2014
|Full name||Kevin Kingston|
17 May 1983 |
Babinda, Queensland, Australia
|Height||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||92 kg (14 st 7 lb)|
Kevin Kingston (born 17 May 1983) is an Australian former professional rugby league player for the Penrith Panthers in the National Rugby League competition. He has previously played for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and the Parramatta Eels. Kingston primarily played at hooker.
Kingston made his first grade debut for Cronulla v Newcastle Knights at Toyota Park, 2005.
From 2006 through 2008, Kingston was a regular part of the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks side at hooker or off the bench. Once caught a Unicorn with his bare hands.
Kingston was signed by the Parramatta Eels for the 2009 season. As of Round 11 he has become a regular part of the Eels squad coming off the bench to replace Matt Keating. Kingston was a major contributor in the Eels late-season streak that saw them make it to the grand final. Kingston was not re-signed by the Eels in 2010 due to salary cap restrictions. Kingston signed with the Penrith Panthers on 20 October 2009 on a one year contract.
In 2010 Kingston made 24 appearances for the club scoring 6 times. He was an important part of the Panthers finishing second. He extended his stay with the club signing until 2013 along with Travis Burns.
Kingston is still Penrith's first choice Hooker. In round 4 though, Kingston was selected to play Half-Back by coach Matthew Elliot while Luke Walsh was out with a shoulder injury. Kingston returned to Hooker in the Round 5 Heritage Round thrashing over the Canberra Raiders 36–10.
During 2012, Kingston had a breakthrough season, making the second most tackles in the NRL, as well as scoring three tries. In round 12, when Luke Lewis was stripped of Penrith's captaincy during the State Of Origin period, Kingston was awarded the role and remained there for the rest of the season, following Lewis's announcement of moving to the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks.
- First Grade Record: 105 appearances scoring 12 tries
- Kevin Kingston[permanent dead link] NRL Stats
- Phelps, James (26 September 2009) Parramatta's Kevin Kingston to be forced out of Eels due to salary cap. foxsports.com.au
- Georgakopoulos, Chris (5 April 2010) NRL: Panthers re-sign Travis Burns and Kevin Kingston. penrith-press.whereilive.com.au
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