Known throughout the Rugby League world as a fierce competitor, Ennis started his career at the Newcastle Knights, making his NRL debut against the Wests Tigers in round 20 of the 2003 season. He would go on to play 20 matches for the club, before switching to the Dragons for 2005.
After one year and 24 matches in Red & White, Ennis agreed to join the Brisbane Broncos, where he spent three seasons and 42 games over 2006-08.
His first season at the Broncos was cut short by a knee injury suffered early in the season, which required a full knee reconstruction. It saw Ennis miss the remainder of the season, and subsequently, the Broncos premiership win.
In 2007, Ennis returned to the NRL and was immediately locked in a battle with Shaun Berrigan for the hooking role. After spending time on the interchange bench, he was switched to halfback by Coach Wayne Bennett mid-season, a position he retained for a large chunk of the second half of that season.
2008 saw Ennis reach the best form of his career to that point. Despite stiff competition from new recruit PJ Marsh, Ennis cemented the starting hooker’s role and guided the Broncos to some impressive victories. Later in the season, with the club facing salary cap pressure, Ennis tested his worth on the open market and would eventually find a home at the Bulldogs – alongside then-Broncos team-mates David Stagg, Greg Eastwood and Ben Hannant – significantly boosting the Bulldogs roster for 2009.
His switch to the Bulldogs – where he has played 109 of his career 195 matches in Blue & White – has been a fruitful one, seeing him named the Dally M “Hooker of the Year” at the conclusion of his first season with the Club while also locking down the NSW Origin hooking berth for four straight games over the course of 2009-10.
Michael took over from Andrew Ryan as Bulldogs Captain in 2012, his fourth season with the Bulldogs. Held in the highest of esteem by all those who know him for his competitive nature, his attention to detail, and his easy going approach off the field, he’s also recently come on board as an ambassador for the Save Our Sons and Camp Quality charities.
Michael was a crucial part of the Bulldogs 2012 Minor Premiership showing courage and leadership as he steered the team towards a Grand Final appearance against the Melbourne Storm.
The skipper certainly lead from the front in 2013, having played in every game of the season and making over a thousand tackles.
He was rewarded with a great start to the season by captaining the Country side and after what was a tough year, he can certainly hold his head high and be proud of the year he had.
He like many of the squad will be looking forward to a big pre-season and getting back to the heights the club reached in 2012.
Michael is the new face of the Bulldogs 2014 Membership Campaign ‘Join our team in 2014’.
Away from Rugby League, Ennis’ time is taken up largely looking after his quickly expanding family. Ennis and wife Simone have three children under seven – Jack, Koby Fox and Randy.