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Dolphins open up NRL opportunities for two more

The Dolphins have added two more signings for their entry to the NRL competition next year, plucking two players straight out of Queensland Rugby League pathways. 

Former Wests Tigers, Canberra Raiders and Newcastle Knights’ front rower JJ Collins will be part of the Dolphins’ 30-man squad next year, while impressive young prop Ryan Jackson has also signed with the club. 

Collins has been one of the stand-out middle forwards in Queensland’s Hostplus Cup this year, averaging 127 running metres and 50 minutes on the field through Tweed Heads Seagulls’ first five matches of the season. 

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A Logan Brothers junior and Queensland Schoolboys and Maroons Under 20 representative, Collins won the national championship with Keebra Park High School. 

Jackson hails from Brisbane and is part of the 2022 Queensland Under 18 Emerging Origin squad. 

At just 18 years of age, Jackson stands at 195 centimetres  and weighs 108 kilograms, and is currently playing in the QRL’s Hastings Deering Colts competition after starring for Wynnum Manly Seagulls in their Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup team. 

Ryan Jackson. Photo: Jim O'Reilly/QRL
Ryan Jackson. Photo: Jim O'Reilly/QRL

“The Dolphins will continue to sign talent from Queensland pathways as we honour our pledge to build a team with a long-term future,” Dolphins chief executive Terry Reader said. 

“It is great to be adding two Brisbane-born front rowers to our list – one who has NRL experience with other teams and now gets a chance with a Queensland-based NRL club, and another who is just starting out on his rugby league journey. 

“One of the key outcomes of adding the Dolphins to the NRL was to provide more opportunities for local Queensland-based players to compete at the highest level. 

“JJ Collins and Ryan Jackson will now get that chance with the Dolphins when our first pre-season training sessions start in November.” 

JJ Collins

Born: 15/2/1996  

Height: 184cms 

Weight: 105kg 

Club: Tweed Seagulls 

Previous clubs: Wests Tigers, Newcastle Knights, Canberra Raiders (17 NRL games) 

Representative: Queensland Schoolboys team, Queensland Under 20s

Ryan Jackson

Born: 16/1/2004 

Height: 195cms 

Weight: 108kg 

Club: Wynnum Manly Seagulls 

Previous clubs: n/a 

Representative: 2022 Queensland Under 18 Emerging Origin, 2021 Brisbane Under 17 team 

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