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Zac Woolford’s remarkable rise from the bench in reserve grade to starting an NRL final


Nearly all of us reach a point in our lives where we let go of our dreams and Zac Woolford was just about there.

He’d done his time in the lower grades for Canberra, Canterbury, Newcastle and Newtown but at 25, he was at the age where the chance of playing NRL is usually getting further and further away.

Woolford had plenty of talent, he’d done all he could to realise it and it wasn’t anybody’s fault. Sometimes things just don’t work out.

It was sad, but not a tragedy because Woolford was ready to put the boots away and start the next part of his life.

“This year I was going to play my footy with Newtown and it was going to be my last year. The dream had pretty much gone,” Woolford said.

“I wanted a bit of closure after COVID stopped a lot of 2020 and 2021, so I thought I’d go to Newtown, try and win the comp and that would be me. That would be the end.

“I was working at Randwick racecourse with Peter Snowden and I was really enjoying that. Once I finished with Newtown I was going to go full steam in that direction.”

But the horses will have to wait a while now Woolford has made the incredible journey from warming the bench in reserve grade to starting for Canberra in Saturday’s sudden death semi-final against Melbourne. 

The man who will go head-to-head with Harry Grant, the best hooker in rugby league, only got his shot based on an injury crisis at the Raiders back in April that earned him a two week train and trial deal and no guarantees.

A month after arriving, with Canberra running low on dummy halves, he was pitched into his debut at Magic Round against the Sharks and after setting up two tries in an upset Raiders victory, Woolford hasn’t looked back.

Unearthing Woolford has proved to be a gamechanger for the Raiders. (Getty Images: Mark Kolbe)

“I just came down here and backed myself. It’s paid dividends,” Woolford said.

“I couldn’t believe it. Looking back now I still can’t believe how it’s all happened. I was resigned to the fact it was done, so it’s hard to describe. I got here on the train and trial, then a month later I was playing NRL.

“Maybe later when I’ve had time to debrief it’ll be different, but the NRL is so fast, it comes at you every week so I haven’t had the chance to sit down and think about it.

“Knowing what I’m good at, sticking to that and making sure I do all the little things right, the things we value in these four walls, that’s all I’ve tried to nail this year and I feel like that’s what I’m doing so far.”

With eight try assists for the year, Woolford is putting up similar numbers to established stars like Penrith’s Api Koroisau (12 try assists), Cronulla’s Blayke Brailey (nine) and North Queensland’s Reece Robson (seven).

That’s despite Woolford, who missed out on an NRL pre-season, playing just 595 minutes across 15 games compared to his rivals who have each played at least 20 matches and over 1500 minutes.

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