Adam Clydsdale

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Adam Clydsdale
Adam Clydsdale.jpg
Clydsdale playing for the Mounties in 2016
Personal information
Born (1993-02-13) 13 February 1993 (age 25)
Scone, New South Wales, Australia
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 88 kg (13 st 12 lb)
Playing information
Position Hooker

Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013–15 Newcastle Knights 40 4 0 0 16
2016–17 Canberra Raiders 15 0 0 0 0
2017 Cronulla-Sutherland 2 0 0 0 0
Total 57 4 0 0 16
As of 26 October 2017
Source: [1]

Adam Clydsdale (born 13 February 1993) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer. He currently plays for the Maitland Pickers in the Newcastle Rugby League. His position is hooker. He previously played for the Newcastle Knights, Canberra Raiders and Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in the National Rugby League.


Born in Scone, New South Wales, Clydsdale played his junior rugby league for the Scone Thoroughbreds, before being signed by the Newcastle Knights.

Clydsdale is the grandson of Australian international Don "Bandy" Adams.[2]

Playing career

Early career

In 2009, Clydsdale played for the Newcastle Knights' Harold Matthews Cup team and won the Knights' Harold Matthews Cup Player of the Year award.[2] In 2011, he played in the Knights' 2011 S. G. Ball Cup Grand Final win over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs,[3] winning the Knights' S. G. Ball Cup Player of the Year award and Player's Player award.[2] In 2012 and 2013, he played for the Knights' NYC team.[4] At the end of 2012, he won the Knights' NYC Player of the Year award and Player's Player award.[5] In November and December 2012, he attended the Blues Origin Pathways camp designed for possible future New South Wales State of Origin representatives.[6][7]


In 2013, Clydsdale captained the Knights' NYC team.[8] In Round 9 of the 2013 NRL season, he made his NRL debut for the Knights against the Canberra Raiders.[9][10][11] On 10 May, he re-signed with the Knights on a 3-year contract after rejecting an offer from the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.[12][13][7] He played in 2 matches for the Knights in the 2013 season.[14]


On 15 February and 16 February, Clydsdale played for the Knights in the inaugural NRL Auckland Nines.[15] In Round 6 against the Canberra Raiders, he scored his first NRL try in the Knights' 26-12 win at Canberra Stadium.[16][17] He finished off the 2014 season having played in 21 matches and scoring 2 tries.[18]


On 31 January and 1 February, Clydsdale played for the Knights in the 2015 NRL Auckland Nines.[19] He finished off the 2015 season having played in 17 matches and scoring 2 tries.[20] On 6 October, he signed a 2-year contract with the Canberra Raiders starting in 2016, after being told he was free to look elsewhere by incoming Knights coach Nathan Brown.[21][22][23]


After signing with the Raiders, Clydsdale played the first 19 rounds in reserve grade before an ankle injury to Raiders' interchange bench utility Kurt Baptiste saw Clydsdale make his debut for the club in their 26—22 win over the New Zealand Warriors in round 20.[24] Clydesdale only playing 11 minutes in that match. He then played in rounds 21 and 22, playing 13 and 20 minutes respectively before dropping out of the round 23 team when Baptiste returned. In round 23, hooker Josh Hodgson was put on report for a dangerous tackle meaning he would miss a week. Clydsdale was recalled into the team starting at hooker. He played 27 minutes before Kurt Baptiste came on for the rest of the match. Clydsdale did not play another first grade match during 2016. Clydsdale was a member of the Mount Pritchard Mounties side which was defeated 21-20 by the Illawarra Cutters in the 2016 Intrust Super Premiership NSW Grand Final.[25]


After playing 11 games for the Raiders in 2017, Clydsdale was released from his contract to join the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks effective immediately until the end of the season.[26] He played 2 NRL games for the Sharks in 2017.[27] After the season ended, he signed a new 1-year contract to rejoin the Raiders in 2018,[28] only to announce his retirement from the NRL in November 2017 to pursue a career with his family business.[29]


In 2018, Clydsdale joined the Maitland Pickers in the Newcastle Rugby League.[30]


  1. ^ "Adam Clydsdale - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. 1993-02-13. Retrieved 2016-07-24. 
  2. ^ a b c Keeble, Brett (2012-10-16). "Clydsdale gallops into Knights realm | Newcastle Herald". Retrieved 2015-09-20. 
  3. ^ "2011 NSWRL SG BallCup - GRAND FINAL - Newcastle KNIGHTS v Canterbury BULLDOGS - action photo gallery". 2011-05-07. Retrieved 2015-09-20. 
  4. ^ "C". Nyc Database. Retrieved 2015-09-20. 
  5. ^ "Houston wins Knights' Player of the Year Award". Leagueunlimited. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  6. ^ New South Wales RugLeague. "Three Rabbitohs Selected in 2012 NSW Origin Pathways Camp - The Front Row Forum :: Rugby League". 
  7. ^ a b "Adam Clydsdale on debut". Newcastleknights. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Newcastle Knights unleash Adam Clydsdale". Retrieved 2015-09-20. 
  9. ^ "NRL 2013 - Round 9". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2015-09-20. 
  10. ^ "Late Mail - Canberra v Newcastle". Newcastleknights. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "Raiders rout Knights, Titans beat St George Illawarra Dragons". Retrieved 2015-09-20. 
  12. ^ "Knights young gun Clydsdale to re-sign | NRL". Zero Tackle. 2013-05-07. Retrieved 2015-09-20. 
  13. ^ Keeble, Brett (2013-05-06). "Clydsdale to take baton from Bedsy | Newcastle Herald". Retrieved 2015-09-20. 
  14. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. 2015-08-31. Retrieved 2015-09-20. 
  15. ^ "Squads For Auckland Nines". Rugby League Week. 2014-02-14. Retrieved 2015-09-20. 
  16. ^ "NRL 2014 - Round 6". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2015-09-20. 
  17. ^ "Canberra Raiders 12-26 Newcastle Knights | NRL match report | Sport". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-09-20. 
  18. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. 2015-08-22. Retrieved 2015-09-20. 
  19. ^ "KNIGHTS NAME 2015 NINES SQUAD". Rugby League Week. 2015-01-20. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  20. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. 2015-10-23. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  21. ^ "Raiders sign Adam Clydsdale | NRL". Zero Tackle. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  22. ^ "Stability over Storm for Clydsdale". Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  23. ^ Jon Tuxworth. "Ricky Stuart's Raiders: Canberra signs Newcastle Knights hooker Adam Clydsdale". Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  24. ^ "NRL 2016 - Round 20". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  25. ^ Thompson, Rod (25 September 2016). "Adam Clydsdale's Mounties suffer one point loss in 2016 decider". Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  26. ^ "Adam Clydsdale joins the Sharks". Zero Tackle. Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  27. ^ Ferguson, Shawn Dollin and Andrew. "Custom Match List - Rugby League Project". Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
  28. ^ "NRL Luke Keary, Junior Paulo, Mitch Rein, Adam Clydsdale contracts, deals 2018 — Market Watch". 25 October 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
  29. ^ "Raiders Sign Craig Garvey". Canberra Raiders. Retrieved 24 November 2017. 
  30. ^ Hartshorn, Michael (19 April 2018). "In Bandy's footsteps, Adam Clydsdale makes Pickers debut". Retrieved 22 April 2018. 

External links

  • Canberra Raiders profile
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