Adam Clune has enjoyed a breakout season for the St George Illawarra Dragons this season but that shouldn’t come as any surprise after he was named halfback for the Canterbury Cup NSW Team of the Year in 2019.
In his 13 first grade appearances this season, Clune has produced five try assists, 197 tackles, 855 run metres and helped his side to six wins.
In his 22 Canterbury Cup appearances in 2019, Clune was ranked first in try-assists (28) and line-break assists (27), while also producing seven forced line-dropouts and 2535 kick-metres.
Clune orchestrated a stunning first-place finish for the Red V at the end of the regular season with several impressive Man of the Match performances to cement his status as the halfback in Team of the Year.
Dragons fullback Matt Dufty recently credited Clune’s approach to footy, stating it had changed his outlook and assisted his development as a player which was a testament to the effect he has on his teammates.
"Cluney has always been the ultimate professional: he watches a lot of video, he does all the recovery, he doesn't miss anything,” Dufty told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“In 20s he always tried to pull me along to do that stuff so having him there in pre-season really brought the best out in me.
"He's like a bit of a life coach for me; he doesn't let me get away with anything, which is good. I respect him and appreciate him."