C’bury officials spotted the young Toowoomba forward playing for Harristown High School in the Commonwealth Bank competition. Steve Price was a reserve forward in the grand final loss to Canberra in 1994 but in the premiership decider against Manly the following year, he produced that ‘something extra’ Chief Executive Peter Moore had asked for before the match. Price scored the opening try of the match and helped dominate the more highly-credentialled Manly pack in a mature display.
- Steven John Price
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth:
- Dalby, Queensland, Australia
- 107 kg
- Warriors #:
- Warriors Debut (Date and Match Details):
- 13th March vs Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
- Junior Club:
- Newtown Lions
- Signed From:
- Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
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The Super League split stalled his rep career but following the reunification of the game in 1998 he was a reserve forward in all three State of Origin matches (which Queensland won). Despite the Bulldogs’ loss to Brisbane in the 1998 grand final C’bury’s late-season resurgence saw Price chosen as a reserve in the final two Tests of the season against NZ.
Price represented Queensland in 1999-2000 and 2002-03 but only played in one other Test match during this period – against NZ in 1999. Price assumed the Bulldogs captaincy in 2002, shouldering the stripping of competition points with good grace and then having to continually front the media in the face of sexual misconduct allegations against club players in early 2004. His selection in the Australian Test team for the ANZac Test (after an absence of five years from the national team) was a just reward but despite being named in the greatest Bulldogs’ team in the club’s 70-year history, he shocked everyone at the club with the announcement that he was signing a three-year deal with the Warriors. Tragically, a knee injury ruled Price out of the Bulldogs’ grand final-winning team that year but he was called up on stage by his players to accept the NRL Trophy in a fitting farewell to the club.
Price was straight-away appointed captain of the Warriors and he clearly made some sort of impact as the team remained competitive for all of their matches. In the opening match of the 2005 State of Origin series Price was named man-of-the-match. The Warriors had a good chance to make the finals, however a four-match losing streak late in the season removed those chances and they finished the 2005 season 11th, a slight improvement from the previous year.
In 2006 Price again experienced more salary cap drama. The Warriors were found to have committed major breaches of the salary cap due to poor administration decisions. The NRL announced the club would be deducted four competition points and the club would also be assessed a A$430,000 fine. Those four points would cost the team a place in the finals.
Even at the age of 33 and after 13 years playing professional football, the 2007 season proved to be one of his career bests. In Round 14 Steve Price broke his own record of 'metres gained by a forward' playing against the Cronulla Sharks. Price's previous record was 272 metres; he eclipsed this by gaining 306 metres from 33 hit ups. Seven weeks later in Round 21 Price broke his own record again, this time against the Sydney Roosters where he ran for a total of 323m. The Warriors finished the regular season strongly, sitting at the top end of the ladder on 4th position, although they struggled to perform come finals time and dropped out of the competition in the second week of the finals losing to the North Queensland Cowboys. However, Price's own personal performance throughout the year was duly recognised as he was awarded the Captain of the Year & Prop of the Year titles at the 2007 Dally M Awards. He ran 4,515 metres with the ball in 2007, more than any other forward in history.
In August 2008, Price was named in the preliminary 46-man Kangaroos squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, and in October 2008 he was selected in the final 24-man Australia squad. He did not however, play in the World Cup Final due to tearing his calf in the final training session before the Final which Australia lost to the Kiwis.
Price was eligible for England and New Zealand however he has stated he will not switch his allegiance from Australia.
In April 2009, he was named in the preliminary 25 man squad to represent Queensland in the opening State of Origin match for 2009.
On Sunday 3 May 2009 Price confirmed he would extend his NRL career to a 17th season after signing a one-year contract with the New Zealand Warriors. Already the NRL's oldest player in 2009, Price was 36 at the start of the 2010 season. He was selected for Australia in the one-off test match against New Zealand on 8 May 2009. In State of Origin 3, 2009, Steve was involved in a fight with Brett White, in which he was knocked unconcscious by a right hook from White.
Price was replaced as the Warriors club captain for the 2010 season by Simon Mannering, in a move described by the club as building for the future.
On 6 April 2010, Price announced his retirement from Rugby League at the conclusion of the 2010 NRL season.
On 29 June 2010, Price announced his immediate retirement. This was due to a heel injury that he picked up during the off-season. This injury did not heal correctly and resulted in three operations, meaning that he would be unable to take to the field at all during the 2010 NRL season. This meant that although 2010 would be his final season as a professional rugby league player, he would not play a single game.
- 1994–04 Canterbury Bulldogs
- 1995 ARL Premiers
- 1998–09 Queensland
- 1998–09 Australia
- 2002 Dally M Captain of the Year
- 2003 RLW Player of the Year
- 2004 Dally M Captain of the Year
- 2005–09 NZ Warriors
- 2007 Dally M Captain of the Year
- 2007 Dally M Prop of the Year
- 2007 All Golds
- 1995 arl premiers
- 2002 dally m captain of the year
- 2004 dally m captain of the year
- 2007 dally m captain of the year
- 2007 dally m prop of the year
- all golds
- australian kangaroos
- canterbury-bankstown bulldogs
- dally m
- newtown lions
- state of origin
- steve price