Jayden Corrigan’s whirlwind football season takes another turn tomorrow night when he wears a Norths Devils jersey against the Redcliffe Dolphins team he played for earlier this season.
And he’ll be playing at the Dolphins ground on which he trains with the New Zealand Warriors every week.
That’s a summary of the season that has delivered Corrigan back to Bishop Park, where he first played for the Devils in 2019.
Corrigan established himself as an outside back with promise under then coach Rohan Smith but headed for the Northern Pride last year to gain an opportunity outside of the Devils’ premiership squad.
That experience gained him a train-and-trial contract with the Warriors and Corrigan, who turned 26 yesterday, negotiated a return to Bishop Park before the June 30 deadline.
“I played five games for the Dolphins this year and I was really grateful for the opportunity but there was a chance to come back to Norths and I looked into that,” Corrigan said.
“It’s been a busy few years but it’s all helped me to learn more about footy and to give me a change of environment.
“I’m looking forward to the chance to play against Redcliffe because they’re always a benchmark team and they’re a strong club.”
Corrigan shares a house with Devils winger Rashaun Denny and he has rekindled friendships since returning to Bishop Park.
He played his first game back for the Devils in the Round 13 home clash against Wynnum Manly. He came off the bench to play hooker in the final 10 minutes of the match.
“I had played fullback, centre and wing this year at Redcliffe so that was a new experience at dummy-half,” Corrigan said.
“That’s all part of the experience of this year. I’ve learned a lot training with the Warriors and then coming back here and linking up again with Kev (co-coach Kev Neighbour) and guys I played with for a while has been great.”
Tomorrow’s game is the Devils’ first regular season game at Dolphin Oval in five years.
Due to the quirks of the draw and the Covid pandemic, the Devils have not been required to play a home-and-away game over the bridge since 2017.
That means that the likes of Jack Ahearn, Michael Sio and other Devils, who played their first game for the club in 2018, have only played at Redcliffe once in a Norths jersey – in last year’s stirring grand final triumph.
“It’s a great place to play footy and there’s a lot of history at the ground,” Corrigan said.
The Devils head into the match in fifth place, only one point off second.
And they’re one point ahead of the Dolphins who have been unbeaten in their last seven matches.