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Player Euan Aitken

Full Name
Euan Aitken
Date of Birth
Jun 16, 1995
Birth Location
Pambula, NSW, Australia
Nationality
  1. 🇦🇺 Australia
  2. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland
Height (cm)
182 cm
Weight (kg)
96 kg
Position/s
  1. Centre
  2. Second Row
Warrior #
251
NRL Debut Date
Mar 21, 2015
NRL Debut Details
2015, Round 3, St George Illawarra Dragons vs Canberra Raiders
Warriors Debut Date
Mar 13, 2021
Warriors Debut Details
2021, Round 1, Gold Coast Titans
Warriors Years Active
  1. 2021
  2. 2022
Signed To
Redcliffe Dolphins
Signed From
St George Illawarra
Junior Club/s
Merimbula-Pambula Bulldogs, Shellharbour Sharks
Current Club
Redcliffe Dolphins
Rep Honours
  1. Scotland
  2. Aus PM XIII
  3. NSW - Country
  4. Junior Kangaroo
Status
Active
Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euan_Aitken
Rugby League Project
https://www.rugbyleagueproject.org/players/euan-aitken/summary.html

Euan Aitken (born 16 June 1995) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a second-rower or centre for the Dolphins in the National Rugby League (NRL).

He previously played for the St. George Illawarra Dragons and the New Zealand Warriors in the NRL, the Australian Prime Minister's XIII and Country New South Wales rugby league team as well as the Scotland national rugby league team.

Aitken was born in Pambula, New South Wales, Australia. He is of Scottish descent through his paternal grandfather, Andrew, Latvian descent through his paternal grandmother, Regina, and Polish descent through his paternal grandmother's mother.

He played his junior rugby league for the Merimbula-Pambula Bulldogs and Shellharbour Sharks. He was then signed by the St. George Illawarra Dragons.

In 2013 and 2014, Aitken played for the St. George Illawarra Dragons' NYC team. In September and October 2013, he played for the Australian Schoolboys. On 28 April 2014, he was named to play for the New South Wales under-20s team to play Queensland, but had to pull out due to injury. On 18 October 2014, he played for the Junior Kangaroos against the Junior Kiwis. At the end of 2014, he was named the Dragons' NYC Player of the Year. In 2015, he moved on to the Dragons' New South Wales Cup team, Illawarra Cutters.

On 31 January and 1 February, Aitken played for the Dragons in the 2015 NRL Auckland Nines. In Round 3 of the 2015 NRL season, he made his NRL début for the Dragons against the Canberra Raiders, playing at centre in the Dragons' 22–20 win at Canberra Stadium. On 23 March, he re-signed with the Dragons on a two-year contract. In Round 6 against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, he scored his first NRL career try in the Dragons' 31–6 win at ANZ Stadium. He finished off his début year in the NRL having played in 23 matches and scoring six tries for the Dragons. On 26 September, he played for the Prime Minister's XIII against Papua New Guinea, playing off the interchange bench and scoring a try in his team's 40-12 win at Port Moresby.

In February 2016, Aitken played for the Dragons in the 2016 NRL Auckland Nines. On 8 May, he played for New South Wales Country against New South Wales City, where he played at centre and scored a try. In Round 10 against the Canberra Raiders, he scored a try off a wayward pass from Canberra Raiders fullback Jack Wighton, just on the halfway siren in golden-point extra-time to win the match for the Dragons 16–12.

In 2017, Aitken was forced to miss Scotland's 2017 World Cup campaign due to injury.

Aitken made 23 appearances during the 2018 season, and scored 10 tries for St George as the club finished 7th on the table at the end of the regular season. St George had led the competition after 16 rounds before losing 6 of their last 9 games which was reminiscent to their 2017 season. Aitken missed out on playing in the club's finals campaign which saw them upset the Brisbane Broncos in week one of the finals before being eliminated the following week by South Sydney 13-12.

In Round 21 of the 2019 NRL season, Aitken made his 100th first grade appearance and scored a try as St George defeated the Gold Coast 40-28 at Kogarah Oval.

On August 11, 2020, Aitken signed a three-year deal to join the New Zealand Warriors starting in 2021.

Aitken made his debut for New Zealand in round 1 of the 2021 NRL season against the Gold Coast at Central Coast Stadium. In the same match, Aitken picked up an ankle injury and was ruled out for four months.

In round 12 against North Queensland, Aitken scored two tries in a 29-28 defeat. In round 20, he scored two tries for New Zealand in a 18-16 victory over the Wests Tigers.

In March 2022, it was revealed that Aitken would be granted a release from his Warriors contract at the end of 2022, Aitken stating that he needs to remain living in Australia for family reasons. He later signed a two-year deal with the Dolphins, an upcoming club in 2023. Aitken made a total of 21 appearances for the New Zealand club as they finished 15th on the table.

In round 1 of the 2023 NRL season, Aitken made his club debut for the Dolphins in their inaugural game in the national competition, as the new club pulled off a major upset defeating the Sydney Roosters 28-18 at Suncorp Stadium. In round 7, he scored a try in the Dolphins 14-36 loss to the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium. In round 8, Aitken scored a try in the Dolphins 28-26 victory over the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium.| In Round 9, Aitken scored a try in the Dolphins 30-31 loss to the Canberra Raiders at McDonalds Park, Wagga Wagga.

In September, the Dolphins' Inaugural Presentation Ball was held at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, and Aitken received the club's annual Academic Award for continued study in an MBA.


 
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