Rise for Alex


About Alex McKinnon

Alex loves Rugby League.

Born in Aberdeen into a football family, Alex has played Rugby League since he was five-years-old.

As a junior, Alex played for the Aberdeen Tigers at McKinnon Oval, a ground named after his grandfather.

Alex joined the St George Illawarra Dragons as a 16-year-old, making his NRL debut at 19 years of age before signing a three-year contract with the Newcastle Knights in 2012, returning him home to the Hunter Valley.

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At 22 years of age, Alex has played 49 NRL games, represented Country, captained the Junior Kangaroos, played for NSW in the Under 20s and was named in the 2011 Toyota Cup Team of the Year.

Alex has shone from a young age. He was an extremely humble but popular teammate who had a big future ahead of him.

The dedication, maturity and determination he has shown as a Rugby League player will now be channelled into his recovery.

Alex remains positive, focused and committed to his rehabilitation despite the challenges he faces.

True to form, Alex became engaged to his long-term partner Teigan in the weeks following his injury.

“I have a lot of respect for Alex, the way he carries himself. His maturity. Quiet manner. How he can hold a conversation in any company, without ever seeking to be the centre of attention. And one of the things endearing me to Alex is his ability to care for other people. If he is your friend, you do not want,” 

Wayne Bennett told The Daily Telegraph