Former Innisfail Leprechauns Bailey Biondi-Odo makes his NRL debut

Former Innisfail Leprechauns and junior player, Bailey Biondi-Odo, made his NRL debut last Saturday for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. Photo: Maria Girgenti

INNISFAIL rugby league product, Bailey Biondi-Odo, realised his childhood dreams last Saturday when he made his NRL debut for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.

Biondi-Odo, who is on a ‘train and trial’ contract with the Bulldogs, was one of three debutantes and joined Falakiko Manu and Chris Patolo in the Bulldogs Round 16 clash against the Manly Sea Eagles at Bankwest Stadium.

Whilst it was not the result the Bulldogs were hoping for, Biondi-Odo made an immediate impression as soon as he ran out on field and nearly found the try line.

This year, Biondi-Odo played in the Bulldogs NRL trials and has been part of the club’s Jersey Flegg side, which currently sits third on the competition ladder.

Biondi-Odo first joined the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs club from the Parramatta Eels in 2019. 

The talented half back played the full season with the Eels Jersey Flegg side as a 17-year-old in 2019. 

He was part of the Queensland Under 16s Indigenous side, featured in the Canterbury Bulldogs NRL Nines team last year, and is a handy and accurate goal kicker.

Biondi-Odo first started in the junior ranks in Under 6s and 8s with Innisfail Cowboys, before he moved to Innisfail Brothers, where he played from Under 10 to Under 16. 

In 2018, he played in the Innisfail Leprechauns Under 18 side, won the Under 19s Most Potential Player at the Innisfail Leprechauns’ awards presentation and was an Under 19s medal finalist in the Cairns District Rugby League Gold Medal.

In 2016, Biondi-Odo played in the Cyril Connell (Under 16s), then two years later played in the Mal Meninga Cup (Under 18s) in the Queensland equivalent to the New South Wales’ SG Ball competition, as well as with the Northern Pride Under 16s team in Cairns.

When Ty Williams was Captain Coach of the Innisfail Leprechauns A-grade side in 2014-15, Biondi-Odo was a familiar face at Callendar Park as a ball boy and running out the tee.

Biondi-Odo is the latest Northern Pride Academy player and third Far North Queensland junior to make his NRL debut this year.

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