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Windback Wednesday | Michael Jennings

Michael Jennings made just the one appearance for the Wentworthville Magpies in the Canterbury Cup NSW in 2018 but he ensured he put his best foot forward with a customary try against the Warriors.

Jennings has rightfully earned a reputation as being one of the most electric outside-backs in the NRL across the last decade, and it was fitting that he delivered a strong performance when he was called upon for Wentworthville in Round 17 of the 2018 campaign. 

He finished the match with one try, one line-break, one offload, 70m and three tackle-breaks – helping the Magpies claim a remarkable 30-22 comeback victory at North Harbour Stadium. 

In 2020, Jennings has returned to his blistering best with the Parramatta Eels, causing havoc on the left edge with his lightning footwork and has formed a formidable combination with barnstorming winger, Maika Sivo. 

His four tries this season takes his career tally to 151, with his best performance coming against the Roosters in Round 6. scoring a try and setting up another despite in their disappointing 24-10 loss. 

He has enjoyed an illustrious career since his first-grade debut in 2007, recording 285 appearances for the Panthers, Roosters, and Eels, 18 games for NSW, and Tests for Australia (seven) and Tonga (10). 

The Eels have cemented themselves as premiership heavyweights for the 2020 NRL season as they first first on the competition ladder after Round 7, and there's no doubt that Jennings will be crucial to their hopes of claiming their fifth premiership, and first since 1986.