Todd Payten

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Todd Payten
Todd Payten Wests Tigers.jpg
Personal information
Full nameTodd Owen Payten
Born (1979-01-18) 18 January 1979 (age 44)
Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
Height188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight110 kg (17 st 5 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop, Second-row
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1996–02 Canberra Raiders 9090036
2003 Sydney Roosters 191004
2004–11 Wests Tigers 15190036
Total260190076
Coaching information
Club
YearsTeamGmsWDLW%
2020 New Zealand Warriors 1460843
2021 North Qld Cowboys 743703750
Total884304549
Source: [1] [2] [3]
As of 2 September 2023

Todd Payten (born 18 January 1979) is an Australian professional rugby league coach who is the head coach of the North Queensland Cowboys in the National Rugby League (NRL) and former professional rugby league footballer.

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As a player he played as a prop and second-row forward for the Canberra Raiders, Sydney Roosters and the Wests Tigers over his 16-year NRL career, winning a premiership with the Tigers in 2005. He previously coached the New Zealand Warriors for the 2020 NRL season.

Background

Born in Sydney, New South Wales and raised in Temora, New South Wales, Payten played junior rugby league for the Temora Dragons before signing a scholarship with the Canberra Raiders when he was 16. While living in Canberra, he attended Erindale College, representing the Australian Schoolboys in 1996. [4]

Playing career

Canberra Raiders

In Round 18 of the 1996 ARL season, after playing just two reserve grade games, Payten made his first grade debut for the Raiders as a 17-year old in a 16–24 loss to the Western Suburbs Magpies. He played two games for the Raiders that year and represented the New South Wales under-17 team. [5] [6]

In 1997, Payten played 11 games for the Raiders, scoring his first try in a 26–38 loss to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. Over the next two seasons, he gradually made more appearances for the Raiders, initially playing from the bench, until he cemented a position as starting prop in 2000. [7] Over his seven seasons with the club, he played 90 games and in four finals series (1997, 1998, 2000, 2002). [7]

Sydney Roosters

In 2003, having been released from the final two years of his contract with the Raiders, he joined the Sydney Roosters. His first game with the club was the 2003 World Club Challenge, coming off the bench and scored a try in the Roosters' 38–0 win over Super League champions St Helens R.F.C. [8] In Round 14 of the 2003 NRL season, he played his 100th NRL game in a 15–14 win over the North Queensland Cowboys. He played 18 games for the Roosters in his lone season at the club, missing their run to the Grand Final after suffering a foot injury in their Round 23 win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs. [9]

Wests Tigers

Payten in 2008 Todd Payten.jpg
Payten in 2008

After being released by the Roosters, Payten joined the Wests Tigers in 2004, which meant he was being paid by three clubs. [4] Coach Tim Sheens said of the signing, "We had players like Johnny Skandalis who could take the ball up but what we were looking for was someone with a little bit of nous around his game." [10] In his first season with the club, he played 17 games.

On 2 October 2005, he came off the bench and scored the final try of the game in the Tigers' 30–16 win over the North Queensland Cowboys in the 2005 NRL Grand Final. In Round 21 of the 2008 NRL season, he played his 200th NRL game in a 56–4 win over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.[ citation needed ]

In 2010, Payten was named in the Australian train-on squad for the Four Nations. [11] During that year's semi finals, he suffered an injury to his ankle when he stepped on a tennis ball. He took no further part in the season, and missed games at the start of 2011 with knee and ankle problems. In an effort to return to full fitness, Payten underwent experimental stem-cell therapy, saying, "At the moment I'm retiring unless this works dramatically.". [12]

In Round 3 of the 2011 NRL season, he played his 250th NRL game in a 34–24 win over his former club, the Canberra Raiders. [13]

In June 2011, prior to the Tigers' Round 13 game against the Newcastle Knights, Payten announced that he would retire at the end of the season. [14] Payten said, "This isn't the way I wanted it to finish. If I'm really honest with myself, I'd be hard-pressed to continue on the way it's going at the moment. I can't." [15] Already a Level 2 certified coach, Payten said he intended to pursue coaching. He returned from injury to make six more appearances off the bench towards the end of the season, but was unable to participate in the finals due to another injury.

Coaching career

Wests Tigers

Shortly after his retirement in 2011, Payten was announced as the head coach of the Wests Tigers NYC team for 2012. [16] In his first season as coach, the Tigers finished 4th in the regular season. They went on to win all their post-season games, including beating pre-game favourite Canberra Raiders 46–6 in the grand final. [17] [18] He coached the side again 2013, before moving into an assistant coaches role with the Tigers' NRL side in 2014.

In 2013, Payten made his representative coaching debut, as his New South Wales Under-18 team defeated Queensland 56–6. [19] He coached the side again in 2014, with New South Wales winning 24–10.

North Queensland Cowboys

In October 2014, Payten joined the North Queensland Cowboys as their NYC head coach for the 2015 season and assistant to head coach Paul Green's NRL side. [20] On 4 October 2015, Payten was a member of the Cowboys' coaching staff in the side's 17-16 Grand Final victory over the Brisbane Broncos. He remained on the North Queensland coaching staff until 2018, including their run to the 2017 Grand Final.

New Zealand Warriors

On 8 August 2018, Payten signed with the New Zealand Warriors as an assistant coach for the 2019 season, replacing his former Raiders' teammate Andrew McFadden. [21]

On 20 June 2020, Payten was appointed interim head coach of the New Zealand Warriors following the sacking of Stephen Kearney. He was later offered the role on a full-time basis, but declined. [22]

On 4 September 2020, he was announced as the head coach of the North Queensland Cowboys on a three-year deal, starting in 2021. [23] The Warriors finished the 2020 season in 10th place. Before Payten took over as interim head coach, the Warriors were 14th and had won just two of their first six games. Under Payten they won six of their last 14 games and finished four points outside the top 8.

Return to North Queensland

In the 2021 NRL season, Payten had a difficult campaign with the North Queensland side remaining cellar dwellers for most of the season – winning only 7 games and finishing second last (15th). [24]

In 2022, the club returned to the finals series after four seasons, finishing the regular season in third and equalling a club record of 17 regular season wins. [25] They ultimately fell just one game short of the Grand Final, with Payten later named the Dally M Coach of the Year. [26] On 24 February 2023, Payten signed a three-year contract extension to remain as North Queensland head coach until the end of 2026. [27]

Statistics

ARL/Super League/NRL

Denotes seasons in which Payten won an NRL Premiership
SeasonTeamMatchesTGGK %F/GPts
1996 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 20000
1997 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 111004
1998 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 71004
1999 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 161004
2000 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 1930012
2001 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 171004
2002 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 182008
2003 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 181004
2004 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 171004
2005 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 202008
2006 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 242008
2007 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 222008
2008 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 110000
2009 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 242008
2010 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 210000
2011 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 120000
Career totals259190076

Footnotes

  1. Rugby League Project
  2. League Central
  3. Rugby League Project
  4. 1 2 Daniel Lane (2009). Forever Brothers. Lane Cove, New South Wales: Dolphin Press. pp. 162–163. ISBN   978-0-9803578-5-1.
  5. Christian Nicolussi (24 March 2011). "Wests Tigers prop Todd Payten to play 250th NRL game on Saturday". The Daily Telegraph. Sydney. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
  6. "1996". 18th Man. 25 October 2017.
  7. 1 2 "Todd Payten Matches played for the Canberra Raiders". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
  8. "Sydney Roosters humble sorry St Helens". The Guardian. 15 February 2003.
  9. "Roosters to rest Fittler". ABC. 19 August 2003.
  10. Greg Prichard (29 June 2011). "Payten's place: prop leads by example, says Sheens". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
  11. "Lote Tuqiri: from unwanted Wallaby to Kangaroos train-on squad". The Sydney Morning Herald. 27 September 2010. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
  12. Glenn Jackson (20 May 2011). "Payten turns to experimental stem-cell therapy used on dogs". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
  13. "Payten to play 250th NRL game". The Daily Telegraph. Sydney. 24 March 2011.
  14. Ian McCullough (3 June 2011). "Wounded Tiger Lawrence up and running". National Rugby League. Retrieved 3 June 2011.[ permanent dead link ]
  15. Josh Rakic (5 June 2011). "Payten didn't want to take Tigers for a ride". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
  16. "Payten new Tigers under 20s coach". Liverpool City Champion. 14 December 2011. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  17. Joe Barton (30 September 2012). "Tigers thrash Raiders in U-20s grand final". National Rugby League. Archived from the original on 12 October 2012. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  18. Jon Tuxworth (1 October 2012). "Former Raider takes Wests Tigers to grand final victory". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  19. Adam Kidd (27 June 2013). "Todd Payten enjoys representative win". weststigers.com.au. Archived from the original on 28 June 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  20. "Payten joins the Toyota Cowboys". 22 October 2014.
  21. "Payten to add more flair to Warriors". 8 August 2018.
  22. "Uncertainty over Warriors future impacting on coaching appointment". National Rugby League. 4 August 2020.
  23. Newton, Alicia (4 September 2020). "Todd gets the nod: Cowboys name Payten as new coach". National Rugby League. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  24. "'Wooden spoon' sledges and the 'curveballs' from hell: How 'scarred' misfits stunned the NRL". Australia: Fox Sports.
  25. "How 'scarred' misfits stunned the NRL". Fox Sports. 13 August 2022.
  26. "'We'll be back': Payten's pledge after Prelim heartbreak". NQ Cowboys. 24 September 2022.
  27. "Wayne's major coup as Dolphins sign Broncos star; Cowboys extend Payten: Transfer Centre". Australia: Fox Sports.
Sporting positions
Preceded by Coach
North Queensland colours.svg
North Queensland Cowboys

2021-present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Stephen Kearney
2017-2020
Coach
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New Zealand Warriors

2020
Succeeded by
Nathan Brown
2021-2022

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