Michael Dobson (rugby league)
29 May 1986|
Junee, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||177 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||83 kg (13 st 1 lb)|
Michael Dobson (born 29 May 1986) is an Australian rugby league footballer who plays do for the Wynnum Manly Seagulls the Intrust Super Cup. He primarily plays halfback and five-eighth. In 2009, he won the prestigious Albert Goldthorpe Medal.
Born in Junee, New South Wales, Dobson attended Erindale College and played his junior rugby league for the Junee Diesels, before being signed by the Canberra Raiders. In 2003 and 2004, Dobson played for the Australian Schoolboys team.
Professional playing career
After impressing at the Dragons, Dobson attracted the attention of several other Super League clubs, subsequently being signed by the Wigan Warriors in May 2006. There was some controversy over Dobson's signing for Wigan. Under English law, Dobson was not permitted to play in England because he did not have a work permit. However, Wigan managed to obtain a work permit for him, albeit in controversial circumstances. When Dobson signed for Wigan, they were at the bottom of the Super League table, 6 points behind the nearest team and heading towards relegation. Dobson's impact at Wigan helped the team survive relegation in the 2006 season.
In 2006, Dobson was statistically the best goal-kicker in the world with a success rate of 84%, equal to or better than St. Helens star Jamie Lyon, 81% and National Rugby League players Hazem El Masri, 84% and Andrew Johns, 80%.
At the end of 2006, Dobson rejoined the Canberra Raiders. In 2007, Dobson was the club's leading point-scorer. In April 2008, Dobson signed a 2 1⁄2-year contract with the Hull Kingston Rovers effective immediately after being released from his Raiders contract. He was also linked to Super League clubs Hull F.C. and Harlequins RL.
Hull Kingston Rovers
In 2009, Dobson helped the Rovers into fourth place in only their third Super League season. His individual performances saw him become the second winner of the Albert Goldthorpe Medal which is presented by Rugby Leaguer & League Express.
In 2013, Dobson played for the Exiles against England. On 27 June 2013, Dobson signed a 1-year contract with the Newcastle Knights starting in 2013 to return to the National Rugby League in Australia.
Dobson started playing for the Knights in the 2014 NRL season. Dobson played for the Knights in the inaugural Auckland Nines series prior to the 2014 NRL season in February 2014. With an injury to Knights regular Jarrod Mullen, Dobson made his top-grade début for the Knights in their 30-8 defeat by Penrith Panthers. Dobson made 25 tackles in the game, the third highest on the day for the Knights. Dobson also played against his former club Canberra Raiders (in a 20-26 defeat), Melbourne Storm (in a 28-20 defeat), Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks (in a 30-0 victory), North Queensland Cowboys (in a 28-2 defeat) and Brisbane Broncos (in a 48-6 defeat).
Salford Red Devils
On 22 May 2014, it was reported that the Salford Red Devils of the Super League, had recruited Dobson for the 2015 season. In the match report following Salford's 4-25 defeat by the Wigan Warriors, it was reported "Salford will have re-inforcements next season with former Hull Kingston Rovers player Michael Dobson arriving from Australia after a far from happy time in the NRL."
On 16 June 2014, Dobson officially signed a 4-year contract with the Red Devils starting in 2015.
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