Adam Quinlan (born 13 November 1992) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a fullback for Hull Kingston Rovers in the Super League.
He has previously played for the St. George Illawarra Dragons in the NRL and St Helens in the Super League.
Quinlan was born in Kogarah, New South Wales, Australia.
Quinlan played his junior rugby league for the Culburra Dolphins, before being signed by the St. George Illawarra Dragons.
He primarily plays as a fullback, but he can also play as a five-eighth and halfback.
St. George Illawarra Dragons (2013–14)
In 2012, Quinlan played for the St. George Illawarra Dragons' National Youth Competition team.
In 2013, Quinlan graduated onto the Dragons' New South Wales Cup team, the Illawarra Cutters.
In round 9 of the 2013 NRL season, he made his NRL début for the Dragons against the Gold Coast Titans playing at fullback in the Dragons' 15–14 loss, at Cbus Super Stadium.
In only his third match in round 19, he scored his first NRL career try in the Dragons' 22–18 win, over the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium.
On 31 July 2013, he re-signed with the Dragons on a 2-year contract.
He finished off his début year in the NRL having played in 10 matches and scoring 5 tries in total.
In February 2014, Quinlan played for the Dragons in the inaugural NRL Auckland Nines. He finished off the 2014 season having played in 15 matches and scoring 3 tries.
Parramatta Eels (2015)
On 27 January 2015, Quinlan signed a 1-year contract with the Parramatta Eels starting effective immediately, after being released from his Dragons' contract.
Quinlan played for the Wentworthville Magpies, Parramatta's feeder club in the Intrust Super Premiership.
St. Helens (2015)
On 2 July 2015, without playing a first-grade game for the Eels. He joined Super League club St. Helens. The move came mid-season effective immediately, after being released from his Eels' contract.
Quinlan made 12 appearances and scored 6 tries for the Saints, in a short-spell at the club.
St. George Illawarra Dragons (2016)
In 2016, Quinlan returned to the St. George Illawarra Dragons on a 1-year contract.
Quinlan was a member of the Illawarra side which won the 2016 New South Wales Cup, with a subsequent 21–20 victory over the Mount Pritchard Mounties in the final.
Quinlan then went onto play in the State Championship match at Stadium Australia against Queensland Cup winners the Burleigh Bears, with the St. George Illawarra Dragons winning the match 54–12, with Quinlan scoring a try.
Hull Kingston Rovers (2017 – present)
Quinlan joined Hull Kingston Rovers in the Championship on a 2-year contract, prior to the start of the 2017 season.
Quinlan earned promotion with Hull Kingston Rovers back to the Super League in his first season with the club.
It was revealed on 4 July 2018, that Quinlan had signed a two-year contract extension, to extend his stay beyond the 2018 rugby league season and to remain at Hull Kingston Rovers until at least the end of the 2020 campaign.
On 9 September 2018, during a 38–24 Qualifiers triumph during a game against Halifax, Quinlan unfortunately suffered a season ending ACL injury that required corrective surgery and that would prove to rule him out of action for the foreseeable future.
Career Awards and Accolades
Club (Hull Kingston Rovers 2017 – present)
- 2018: Roger Millward – 'Player of the Year Award'
- 2018: 'Players' Player of the Year Award'
- 2018: 'Members' Player of the Year Award'
- 2018: 'Tackle of the Season Award'