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Daniel Mortimer

Daniel Mortimer
Daniel Mortimer Roosters.jpg
Personal information
Born (1989-06-13) 13 June 1989 (age 29)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height174 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight84 kg (13 st 3 lb)
Playing information
PositionFive-eighth, Halfback, Hooker
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009–11 Parramatta Eels 48 12 0 0 48
2012–14 Sydney Roosters 43 8 7 0 46
2014–16 Gold Coast Titans 35 1 3 0 10
2017 Cronulla Sharks 2 0 0 0 0
2017–18 Leigh Centurions 19 8 0 0 32
Total 147 29 10 0 136
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2015 Prime Minister's XIII 1 0 0 0 0
As of 12 August 2018
Source: [1][2]

Daniel Mortimer (born 13 June 1989) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who last played as a hooker, scrum-half or stand-off for the Leigh Centurions in the Betfred Championship. He previously played for the Parramatta Eels, Gold Coast Titans, Sydney Roosters and the Cronulla Sharks. Mortimer was a Prime Minister's XIII representative and won the 2013 NRL Grand Final with the Roosters.


Mortimer playing for the Eels in 2008.

Born in Sydney, New South Wales, Mortimer attended James Sheahan Catholic High School while playing his junior football for Orange CYMS before being signed by the Parramatta Eels. Mortimer played for the Eels NYC team in 2008 and 2009.[3] In 2007, Mortimer played for the New South Wales Combined Catholic Schools team and Australian Schoolboys.[4][5]

Mortimer is of English descent, is the son of former Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs player Peter Mortimer and the nephew of former Bulldogs players Steve Mortimer and Chris Mortimer and Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks player Glen Mortimer.

Playing career


In Round 12, Mortimer made his NRL debut for the Eels against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at five-eighth in the Eels 13-10 loss at Parramatta Stadium.[6][7] In Round 16 against the Brisbane Broncos, Mortimer scored his first NRL career try in the Eels 21-14 win at Parramatta Stadium.[8] Mortimer went on to score 10 tries from 18 games in his rookie season, helping the Eels to make it to the 2009 NRL Grand Final in a late season surge, playing at five-eighth against the Melbourne Storm in the Eels 23-16 loss.[9][10]

In 2018, Mortimer recalled his memories of the 2009 grand final saying "It was a whirlwind, it was surreal. It feels like a movie I watched. I don't think we've seen a team do that since, to be so far out of the eight then to go on to the grand final, it was an absolute buzz, something I'm so thankful I was a part of it".[11]


In 2010, after a lacklustre start to the season, Mortimer reflected on 2009 saying, "We hit form that not many teams have done in the history of footy, so to be judged on that's pretty harsh".[12] Mortimer finished the 2010 NRL season with him playing in 21 matches and scoring 2 tries for the Parramatta Eels. During the 2010 season, Mortimer was reportedly offered $500,000 a season to join rivals Canterbury where is father Peter Mortimer played but turned down the offer to remain at Parramatta until the end of the 2012 season.[13]


Mortimer played in 9 matches for the Parramatta Eels in the 2011 NRL season after spending most the season in the New South Wales Cup for the Wentworthville Magpies after the Eels Round 10 match against the North Queensland Cowboys where they lost 40-26 at 1300SMILES Stadium.[14][15] In October 2011, Mortimer signed a 2-year contract with the Sydney Roosters starting in 2012.[16]


Mortimer playing for the Newtown Jets in 2012

In Round 1 of the 2012 NRL season, Mortimer made his club debut for the Sydney Roosters against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at five-eighth in the Roosters last minute 24-20 win at ANZ Stadium.[17] In Round 3 against the Canberra Raiders, Mortimer scored his first club try for the Roosters in the 14-8 win at SFS.[18] Mortimer played in 8 matches, scored 2 tries and kicked 5 goals for the Sydney Roosters in the 2012 NRL season. On 30 September 2012, Mortimer captained the Newtown Jets for the 2012 New South Wales Cup Grand Final against the Balmain Ryde-Eastwood Tigers, playing at halfback in the Jets 22-18 win.[19]


On 7 May 2013, Mortimer re-signed with the Roosters on a 2-year contract.[20] On 6 October 2013, Mortimer played in the Sydney Roosters 2013 NRL Grand Final team against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles off the interchange bench in the Roosters Grand Final 26-18 win.[21][22] Mortimer finished the 2013 NRL season with him playing in all of the Roosters 27 matches, scoring 5 tries and kicking 2 goals.


On 22 February 2014, Mortimer played in the Sydney Roosters 2014 World Club Challenge 36-14 win over the Wigan Warriors at SFS.[23] On 17 June 2014, Mortimer joined the Gold Coast Titans mid-season on a 2-and-a-half year contract.[24] Mortimer played in 7 matches and scored 1 try for the Sydney Roosters before moving to the Gold Coast.

In Round 15 of the 2014 NRL season against the St George Illawarra Dragons, Mortimer made his club debut for the Gold Coast Titans, kicking a goal in the Titans 19-18 loss at Cbus Super Stadium.[25][26] In Round 24 against the Dragons, Mortimer played his 100th NRL career match in the Titans 34-6 loss at Jubilee Oval. Mortimer finished off his mid-season transfer year with the Titans with him playing in 11 matches and kicking a goal.


On 31 January and 1 February, Mortimer played for the Titans in the 2015 NRL Auckland Nines.[27] He finished off the 2015 season having played in 17 matches and kicking 2 goals for the Titans.[28] On 26 September, he played for the Prime Minister's XIII against Papua New Guinea, playing off the interchange bench in his team's 40-12 win in Port Moresby.[29][30][31]


On 29 January 2016, Mortimer was named in the Titans 2016 Auckland Nines squad. Mortimer was also named captain of the Titans for the tournament.[32] In Round 3 against the Wests Tigers, Mortimer scored his first club try for the Titans in their 30-18 win at Cbus Super Stadium.[33] After suffering a hamstring injury and the signing of Nathan Peats from the Parramatta Eels, Mortimer struggled to break into the Titans first 17 squad. Mortimer finished the 2016 NRL season with him playing in 7 matches and scoring 1 try for the Titans. On 5 November 2016, Mortimer signed with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks as being one of the potential replacements for the recently retired Michael Ennis at Hooker.[34]


He only played twice for the Sharks when in late June, he moved to England to play for then Super League side Leigh Centurions[35] playing his first game on 7 July against Warrington Wolves.


On 11 November, Mortimer announced his retirement from rugby league at just the age of 29. Mortimer wrote on Instagram "I've been so damn lucky to live my dream. It has been an amazing ride. Cannot wait until the next chapter ... whatever that may be".[36]

Personal life

As of 2019, Mortimer has become a teacher at Pimpama State Secondary College (PSSC), Queensland, Australia.

See also


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  3. ^ [1] Archived 9 August 2013 at the Wayback Machine
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  5. ^ "Australian Schoolboys - Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League - FOX SPORTS PULSE". Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Sharks Defeat Eels 13-10". Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Daniel Mortimer makes NRL debut". The Roar. 1 June 2009. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Eels' Sunday best just too good for Broncos". Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Meet the Wags Who Kept the Parramatta Eels Hopes Alives". Retrieved 20 December 2015.
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  17. ^ "Back Injury Forces Braith Anasta out of Roosters Team with Daniel Mortimer to Start Against the Rabbitohs". Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  18. ^ "Roosters Beat Raiders in Error Riddled NRL Clash". Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  19. ^ Michael Chammas. "Jets scramble to take NSW Cup". Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  20. ^ "Daniel Mortimer extends Roosters contract | NRL". Zero Tackle. 7 May 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  21. ^ "Roosters v Eagles NRL Grand Final". Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  22. ^ "NRL Grand Final player ratings". 7 October 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  23. ^ Burrows, Ben (22 February 2014). "Sydney Roosters 36-14 Wigan: Michael Jennings hat-trick seals World Club Challenge win". Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  24. ^ "Titans Sign Daniel Mortimer". Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  25. ^ "Daniel Mortimer Sacrifices Title Shot with Sydney Roosters for Opportunity at Gold Coast Titans". Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  26. ^ "Dragons Pip Titans By a Point". The Australian. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  27. ^ "TITANS NAME 2015 NINES SQUAD". Rugby League Week. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  28. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. 8 November 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  29. ^ Boswell, Tom (15 September 2015). "Gold Coast Titans pair Kane Elgey and Daniel Mortimer named in Prime Minister's XIII". Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  30. ^ "Merrin to lead Prime Minister's XIII". 15 September 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  31. ^ Tom Decent. "Australian Prime Minister's XIII beat Papua New Guinea 40-12 in Port Moresby". Retrieved 20 December 2015.
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  35. ^ "Daniel Mortimer: Leigh Centurions sign Australian stand-off until November 2019". BBC Sport. 25 June 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
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