An ultra-reliable presence on the right wing for the Bulldogs, Steve added a string to his bow becoming the Club’s first choice goalkicker in 2011. An emerging media star, he started ‘Zaps Wrap’, the Club’s weekly live streaming internet talk show over the off-season.
Ultra consistent in his first year as a Bulldog in 2010, Steve Turner missed just three matches for the season despite a painful elbow fracture suffered playing against the Raiders at Canberra Stadium in round 16. He returned less than a month later, in the Bulldogs’ round 20 clash with Parramatta at ANZ Stadium.
A one-game player for NSW at State of Origin in 2008, Steve played six seasons for the Melbourne Storm between 2004 & 2009, playing in four Grand Finals and winning two. He continued that rich vein of form in 2010, scoring four tries in his opening three matches in blue and white, bagging doubles in round one against Newcastle and round three against the Roosters. He finished with eight for the season, and will no doubt be back in the thick of the action in 2011, a season in which he is in the running to fill the fullback slot left vacant by the departure of Luke Patten.
Away from football, Steve and partner Kate welcomed their first child into the world during 2010, with Kate giving birth to a daughter the couple have named Scarlett. The Turner household also includes, fittingly, an Australian Bulldog named Nelly.
Turner grew up in Sydney’s west, and worked his way up through the Penrith Panthers junior ranks to play NRL football for the Panthers in 2002/03. On his way to the top, Turner represented NSW in touch football at under 15 level while a student at St. Dominic’s College. He starred for the Panthers at Harold Matthews Cup and SG Ball level and was named Penrith’s SG Ball player of the year in 2001.
Representative success also came Turner’s way, representing his state at under 17 and under 19 level on his way to playing for the Junior Kangaroos in 2002, the same year he made his NRL debut for the Panthers, ironically against the Storm.
Two years later, with Rhys Wesser blocking his way at the Panthers, Turner was recruited to the Storm as a fullback. He debuted for the Storm in round three of the 2004 season, against the St. George-Illawarra Dragons, scoring a double on the wing. His ambition to play fullback was thwarted by the presence of Billy Slater, and Turner instead went on to carve himself a reputation as one of the best finishers in the game throughout a period that was known – albeit now tarnished – as the Storm’s golden era.
When does your contract end? 2013
Favourite team growing up? Panthers
Favourite holiday destination? Hamilton Island
Favourite food? Roast dinner
Player you most admire? Darren Lockyer
Favourite sportsman (outside rugby league)? Steve Waugh
Funniest team-mate? Corey Payne
Messiest team-mate? Corey Payne
Favourite TV show? Underbelly
Biggest influence on your career? My partner, Kate
Charity you support? All charities