6 April 1990 |
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||179 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||85 kg (13 st 5 lb)|
Lachlan Coote (born 6 April 1990) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the North Queensland Cowboys in the National Rugby League (NRL). His position of choice is fullback, but he can also fill in at five-eighth. A representative for New South Wales and Australia at junior level, Coote started his career with the Penrith Panthers and was a member of the Cowboys' 2015 NRL premiership and 2016 World Club Challenge winning sides.
Born and raised in Windsor in Sydney's Greater West, Coote is of Scottish descent and played his junior rugby league for the Windsor Wolves and attended Windsor High School Coote joined the Penrith Panthers as a teenager, playing in their premiership-winning Harold Matthews Cup team in 2006. In 2007, he played in the Panthers' S.G. Ball Cup team that lost in the grand final to the Parramatta Eels. Coote was named player of the tournament and was named to play for New South Wales under-17. Later that year he represented the Australian Schoolboys on their undefeated tour of New Zealand.
Coote started the 2008 season playing for the Panthers in the inaugural season of the National Youth Competition. A clear stand out performer, Coote scored 138 points in 12 games and was selected in the New South Wales under-18 side, scoring 14 points in the Blues' victory over Queensland. At the end of the season he was named at fullback in the NYC Team of the Year.
After regular Panthers' fullback Rhys Wesser was ruled out with injury, Coote made his first grade debut on 27 June 2008 in the Round 16 clash with the Brisbane Broncos at CUA Stadium. In the first draw of the 2008 season, Coote had an outstanding game, winning Man of the Match. While Wesser returned from injury in the next game against the Eels, Coote remained in the first grade side, being named as winger. At the end of the season, he was named Penrith's Rookie of the Year and awarded the Ben Alexander Rookie of the Year award.
After the departure of Rhys Wesser to the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Coote started the 2009 season establishing himself as the Panthers first choice fullback. In Round 3 against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, Coote scored his first NRL try in the Panthers 12–10 win at Brookvale Oval. After Round 14 in the Panthers' 20–6 loss against the Sea Eagles, Coote suffered a season-ending shoulder injury and finished the year with him playing in 12 matches and scoring four tries.
In an effort to prevent further injury, Coote added 10 kg of muscle to his frame in the off-season and started the 2010 season weighing in at 85 kilograms. Coote played his first full season of NRL, playing 20 games and scoring a career-high 17 tries, including a hat trick against the Gold Coast Titans in Round 8. He represented NSW City for the first time, starting at fullback and scoring a try in their 30–18 loss to Country.
After battling osteitis pubis throughout the 2010 season, Coote opted for surgery in the offseason and returned in time for Round 1 of the 2011 NRL season. He finished the year with him playing in 15 matches and was the Panthers equal highest tryscorer alongside David Simmons with 12 tries.
Despite the Panthers finishing in second last place, Coote represented NSW City] ] for the second time and lined up for the Prime Minister’s XIII in their annual end of season match against Papua New Guinea. Coote finished the 2012 season at five-eighth after coach Ivan Cleary moved him from fullback in Round 20.
Coote started the 2013 NRL season at five-eighth but tore his pectoral muscle in Round 2 against the Wests Tigers. Despite being ruled out for the season, Coote returned for Penrith in Round 22, playing in the club's last five games.
Coote started the season in the Queensland Cup, playing two games for the Cowboys' affiliate side the Northern Pride. He made his Cowboys debut in their Round 3 loss to the Broncos, playing fullback. He would go on to cement his spot as the club's first choice fullback, as the side went on a club record 11 game winning streak.
Coote continued to contribute successfully throughout the 2015 season, and solidified himself as a premier playmaker alongside Dally M medalist Jonathan Thurston as well as Hooker, Jake Granville, and five eighth Michael Morgan. The 'spine' for the North Queensland Cowboys was instrumental in their success during the 2015 season. These four players (Lachlan Coote, Jonathan Thurston, Michael Morgan, Jake Granville) were named NRL.com's #1 playmaking spine for 2015. Coote was named by popular NRL journalist Andrew Voss, as the #1 Fullback in the competition at defusing kicks. as well as being lauded for his impressive positional play at fullback.
On 4 October, Coote was a member of the Cowboys' Grand Final winning side, starting at fullback in the side's 17–16 victory over the Brisbane Broncos.
On 2 February 2016, Coote was named in the Cowboys 2016 NRL Auckland Nines squad. On 21 February 2016, Coote was a member of the Cowboys' 2016 World Club Challenge winning side, starting at fullback in the side's 38–4 victory over the Leeds Rhinos at Headingley Stadium.
On 27 April 2016, despite much larger deals being offered elsewhere, Coote re-signed with the Cowboys until the end of the 2018 season, after his early season form saw him touted as a possible selection for New South Wales.
In October, Coote was named in Scotland's 2016 Four Nations squad. In the final round of the tournament, Coote was awarded man of the match honours in Scotland's 18–18 upset draw with world number one nation New Zealand.
Achievements and accolades
- Penrith Panthers Rookie of the Year: 2008
- Penrith Panthers Members' Player of the Year: 2012
- NYC Team of the Year: 2008
- 2014 NRL Auckland Nines: North Queensland Cowboys – Winners
- 2015 NRL Grand Final: North Queensland Cowboys – Winners
- 2016 World Club Challenge: North Queensland Cowboys – Winners
- Statistics are correct to the end of the 2016 season
|†||Denotes seasons in which Coote won an NRL Premiership|
Coote has one child, a son named Bailey, with his partner Laura Ottolino.
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