18 December, 2023
Stephens signs with Bulldogs
FROM being a driving force for the Atherton’s Roosters ladies’ team to now being officially signed with the Canterbury Bulldogs in Sydney, Mackenzie Stephens has taken a huge leap in her rugby league career.
After helping the Roosters secure a spot in the elimination final last FNQRL season, Stephens' career was shining bright.
Her talents were quickly recognised by her manager who secured her the spot on the Bulldogs.
“I got a contract offer through my manager, and they set me up down here," she said.
“When I found out that they wanted me down here, I was beyond grateful for the opportunity. Rugby league has always been a dream for me, so to be able to go to this elite club to do what I love is the best opportunity to get this early in my career.”
Conditioning and preparation are at the forefront of Stephens' mind as she gears up for her debut with the Bulldogs.
She said she was impressed with the high calibre of players she will be playing with next season and is keen to push herself and her team to victory.
“Fitness is key in the game of rugby league, so, at the moment, we are doing a lot of conditioning but also ball work, getting us ready for our comp," she said.
“As the coach said, the team is looking better than he thought we would be looking at this point in the preseason.
“Being able to play alongside other great players is fantastic because it pushes me to develop as a player as well.”
Stephens has already had her first trial game against the Liverpool Tigers, before heading into the official season next year.