28 May, 2021

Competitive Corrigan

THE old adage is that practice makes perfect is true, particularly with it comes to Northern Pride fullback Jayden Corrigan.

By Peter McCullagh

PHOTO: Brett Pascoe
PHOTO: Brett Pascoe

His approach to training and game day preparation, as well as excellent on-field performances has allowed Corrigan to ice the number 1 jumper and help set up a successful season for the team.

Corrigan is a Williams ‘find and signing’ this year. Originally from the mid-northern New South Wales coast, including stints playing in Tweed and Brisbane, Corrigan has adapted easily to Cairns and found renewed vigour and success with the mentoring of Northern Pride’s coach Ty Williams.

Described by his coach as professional in his approach not only to training, but also his approach to diet and each game, Corrigan is building a reputation within the game, not just in the north but  state-wide.

The stats for the year thus far are impressive. Eight games, scoring 5 tries, 2nd in the competition for game runs, as well as total run metres and kick returns. Corrigan is proving to be a handful for opponents and combining well with other play makers in the team to create overall a great result for fans and
the team.

Fiercely competitive, Corrigan competes well for the ball, always playing eyes-up footy and looking for the opportunities. “I just want to compete on every play I can, the more you compete and turn up in the right spot, the bounce of the ball goes your way.”

Coming to Cairns was an easy decision, with several ISC options on the radar in Brisbane last year, Corrigan liked the plans and direction that Williams was charting.

“Speaking with Ty, the opportunities he laid out, the directions he had for the club, along with the plan for my development, I felt he was backing me as a player, and this was where I could play my best footy.”

The season has started successfully for both Corrigan and the team, however the focus for him is still very much playing consistent quality football each week with the goal of making finals and winning the premiership.

“The goal is to win a premiership at the end of the year, and opportunities will present themselves, but the focus is absolutely on doing my best each week and doing my job for the team.”

This weekend is a split round and offers the Northern Pride players the weekend off, Corrigan and his partner are off to Sydney to catch up with his Aunty and sister and watch some football and chill.



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