Donovan Back After Standout Season

Bryce Donovan has re-signed with the Village Motors Dolphins for 2019. Donovan had a standout season after overcoming a serious injury in the pre-season to figure prominently in the Club’s Premiership success.

“I tore my pectoral muscle in the final gym session of pre-season, the night before our first trial. I then went into surgery a couple of days later and got back mid-way through the season,” Donovan said.

A product of the Newcastle Knights system, Donovan played in the NYC and also the NSW Intrust Super Cup Premiership before heading to Queensland. General Manager of Football Grant Cleal said it was a series of fortunate events that led Bryce to the Dolphins. “I was tipped off that Bryce was heading to Brisbane by a cousin of mine who lives in Newcastle. He happens to be a friend of Bryce and his partner Jess. I made contact and things fell into place,” he said.

“My partner works for Virgin Airlines and she got transferred to Brisbane with work so I thought it would be a good opportunity to try my luck in the Intrust Super Cup with the Phins,” Donovan added.

After returning from the pectoral surgery Donovan cemented himself as the Club’s best five eighth and turned out in all games after the setback. “He provides a steady head to the team, has a good kicking game and works well with team mate Cameron Cullen in the halves. Having that stability year after year in the halves is a recipe for long term success so the signature of Bryce Donovan is an important one,” Cleal added.