Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Consistency Is the Key Donehue Debut a Special Feat; Young Falcon Hungry for More Game Time

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Consistency Is the Key Donehue Debut a Special Feat; Young Falcon Hungry for More Game Time

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Byline: Tom Threadingham Tom.Threadingham@scnews.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: A debut in Sunshine Coast colours was not only a "long time coming" for Connor Donehue but the culmination of a rollercoaster journey.

And now the 22-year-old is determined to ensure it wasn't just a one-off.

Donehue debuted for the Falcons during their 18-12 loss to Tweed Heads Seagulls on Saturday.

He played at hooker, centre and wing across a 35-minute appearance.

"It was really good to run out with the boys," he said.

"Unfortunately, we didn't get the win but I still had a smile on my face with their effort and just running out there in a Falcons' jersey."

Hitting the field was a special feat for Donehue who has battled injury since joining the club last year.

He played in the Falcons' pre-season games last year but ruptured his achilles during a match for Nambour in round one of the local league.

The former Melbourne Storm under-20s player returned to Victoria to do his rehab and to have surgery, only returning to the Bokarina outfit in November.

"I wasn't even able to do contact until about late January this year so it was a pretty long injury and not one you want to rush or take lightly," he said.

Donehue again featured for the Falcons during pre-season clashes this year but suffered a shoulder injury when playing for Nambour in an early fixture.

That sidelined him for four weeks.

He's been named as 18th man numerous times for the Falcons this season but was finally able to make his debut in the state league on Saturday.

"I was off the bench so he (coach Craig Ingebrigtsen) wanted me just to really lift the energy which I thought I did and obviously just do my job in defence and really get stuck into them," Donehue said.

"It is another level and I felt like I brought my game to another level which is good. …

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