Wests Tigers 30, North Queens­land 16

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Ful­ton had barely turned 21 when he played in the grand fi­nal. The Tigers team was a mix­ture of ex­pe­ri­ence and some ter­rific up-and-com­ers in­clud­ing Benji Mar­shall, Rob­bie Farah, Dene Halatau and Chris Heigh­ing­ton.

“I was pretty young at the time and I prob­a­bly took it for granted, think­ing we were go­ing to win one ev­ery year,” Ful­ton says. “But comps are so hard to win. I thought we were a big chance again in 2010, but it wasn’t to be and we just missed out on mak­ing the grand fi­nal.

“It was my first proper year of play­ing NRL, 2005, so the sea­son was all a bit of a blur. I just had my head down, work­ing hard and try­ing to play my best so I could keep my place in the team.

“I started on the bench in the grand fi­nal and came on af­ter about 30 min­utes and stayed on for the rest of the game. When you win, it’s eu­phoric, and when it’s the first time for a club it re­ally is very spe­cial. We had a 10-year reunion last year and I still catch up with a lot of the boys.”

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