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Jake Clifford

Halfback

Cowboys

Player Bio

Height:
184 cm
Date of Birth:
02 January 1998
Weight:
95 kg
Birthplace:
Cairns, QLD
Age:
22
Nickname:
Cliffo
Debut Club:
North Queensland Cowboys
Date:
21 July 2018
Opposition:
St George Illawarra Dragons
Round:
19
Previous Club:
-
Junior Club:
Tully Tigers
Biography:

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Cowboy #274

Tully Tigers junior Jake Clifford first came to the Cowboys in 2016 as a junior member of Aaron Payne’s NYC team.

Sidelined by a serious shoulder injury incurred playing age-group rep footy in March of that year, Clifford spent a frustrating year on the sidelines rehabbing from his surgery.

The dynamic halfback finally made his U20 debut in Round 1 of 2017 and went on to have a dream year as coach Aaron Payne’s chief playmaker.

So impressive was Clifford’s campaign that he was named the NYC Player of the Year, a title he’ll have forever given the national age-group competition wound up in 2017.

The youngster’s efforts were rewarded with a two-year contract in the Cowboys’ senior squad, the 19-year-old keen to get back on the paddock after more off-season shoulder surgery.

Jake Clifford entered the 2018 season as one of the brightest prospects in rugby league and finished it as Johnathan Thurston’s regular halves partner for the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys.

The 20-year-old began the season playing halfback for the Northern Pride in the Queensland Cup and was on track to finish as the competition’s leading point scorer, but those plans were derailed by an NRL call-up late in the season.

Clifford made his first-grade debut in Round 19 against St George Illawarra, partnering Thurston in the halves with regular five-eighth Te Maire Martin moving to fullback.

The Tully-product played the ensuing six games, with the highlight being his three try assist performance in Thurston’s final game at 1300SMILES Stadium against Parramatta in Round 24.

Despite playing just 16 games, Clifford was named a finalist for the Queensland Cup Player of the Year Award and claimed the competition’s Rookie of the Year gong.

He was also named Cowboys Rookie of the Year and nabbed man of the match honours in Queensland’s under 20s State of Origin victory over NSW.

Clifford is contracted until the end of the 2021 season.

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Favourite Netflix series: Animal Kingdom
Favourite sports movie: Remember the Titans
Which teammate wins Cowboys Ninja Warrior: Not Gavin Cooper
Best nickname you’ve been given: Cliffo
Favourite video game growing up: Mario Kart – Nintendo 64
Favourite game day pump up song: Enter Sandman – Metallica
Dream job if you weren’t a football player: Professional basketball player/golfer

Career

Appearances
35
Tries
6

2020 Season

Appearances
14

Scoring

Tries
3
Goals
1

Kicking

Forced Drop Outs
13
Average Kicking Metres
312.8
Goal Conversion Rate

Attack

Try Assists
5
Line Break Assists
2

Passing

Offloads
7
Receipts
566

Defence

Tackles Made
280
Tackle Efficiency

Running Metres

Average Running Metres
59
Total Running Metres
839

Fantasy

Total Points
635
Average Points
45.4

2020 Season - By Round

2020 Season - By Round
Round Opponent Score Position Minutes Played Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Forced Drop Outs Try Assists Linebreaks Tackle Breaks Post Contact Metres Offloads Receipts Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Hit Up Running Metres Kick Return Metres
3 Titans Won 36 - 6 Halfback 80 - - - 261 4 - - 1 16 1 61 16 2 43 - -
4 Sharks Lost 16 - 26 Halfback 80 - - - 212 1 1 - - 6 - 35 25 4 36 - -
5 Warriors Lost 37 - 26 Halfback 80 - - - 170 1 - - - 20 - 35 22 2 42 - -
6 Wests Tigers Lost 36 - 20 Halfback 80 - 1 2 306 - 2 - 1 8 - 46 14 3 54 - 8
7 Knights Won 32 - 20 Halfback 80 1 - 4 344 1 1 1 7 5 - 37 21 3 106 - -
8 Eels Lost 42 - 4 Halfback 80 - - - 283 1 - - - 2 - 27 22 4 40 - -
9 Roosters Lost 16 - 42 Halfback 80 - - - 296 - - - - 8 1 38 26 5 36 - -
10 Panthers Lost 22 - 10 Halfback 80 - - - 317 - - 1 2 13 2 39 20 3 41 - -
11 Sea Eagles Lost 12 - 24 Halfback 80 - - - 258 1 1 - 3 19 - 29 21 4 76 - -
12 Raiders Lost 12 - 14 Halfback 80 - - - 402 - - - 1 21 - 49 15 2 73 - -
17 Dragons Won 23 - 22 Halfback 85 1 - 4 396 2 - - 1 6 - 34 21 2 45 - -
18 Storm Lost 36 - 20 Halfback 80 - - - 265 - - - 1 20 1 42 20 4 87 - -
19 Panthers Lost 12 - 32 Halfback 80 - - - 534 1 - - 2 21 2 47 16 3 50 - 7
20 Broncos Won 16 - 32 Halfback 80 1 - 4 335 1 - - 1 21 - 47 21 3 105 - -

Career By Season

Career By Season
Year Played Won Lost Drawn Win % Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Kicking Metres Average Goal Conversion Rate Forced Drop Outs Try Assists Offloads Receipts Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Average Running Metres Kick Return Metres Total Points Average Points
Cowboys 2018 6 3 3 - 50% - - - 890 148.37 - 5 3 2 177 108 21 361 60.00 - 182 30.3
Cowboys 2019 15 3 12 - 20% 3 18 49 3,711 247.38 69.23% 3 2 2 507 240 49 771 51.00 6 555 37.0
Cowboys 2020 14 4 10 - 29% 3 1 14 4,380 312.85 50.00% 13 5 7 566 280 44 839 59.00 15 635 45.4

Career Overall

Career Overall
Year Start Year End Played Won Lost Drawn Win % Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Kicking Metres Average Goal Conversion Rate Forced Drop Outs Try Assists Offloads Receipts Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Average Running Metres Kick Return Metres Total Points Average Points
Cowboys 2018 2020 35 10 25 - 29% 6 19 63 8,981 256.59 67.86% 21 10 11 1,250 628 114 1,972 56.00 22 1,372 39.2

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