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Windback Wednesday | Max Bailey

Max Bailey enjoyed a blistering Canterbury Cup NSW campaign last year and deservedly earned a development contract with the Sydney Roosters for 2020, and it ultimately paved the way for an NRL debut against the Dragons in Round 11. 

Bailey was named in the Canterbury Cup NSW Team of the Year after helping the Bears finish third on the competition ladder, averaging 130m and 30 tackles per game. 

He was arguably the Bears most consistent players throughout their campaign, acting as a core part of the engine room that laid the platform for the likes of Lachlan Lam, Billy Smith and Sitili Tupouniua. 

His best performance came in Round 10 when he recorded three tries, 147m, and 23 tackles to help the Bears claim a 34-20 win over Wentworthville Magpies. 

 
 
 
 
 
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What a special debut it was for Max Bailey on Thursday night! 🐔 #canterburycup

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He finished the campaign ranked fifth in the competition for total run-metres (3129) and seventh in total tackles (723) in his 23 appearances. 

While the Roosters were ravaged with injury throughout their 2020 NRL campaign,  he was called upon by coach Trent Robinson to make his first-grade debut in Round 13.

It was a special occasion for the club given club stalwart played his 300th game, and Bailey ensured his first was one to remember, with 23m and eight tackles in a brief eight-minute stint off the interchange bench.