Wests Tigers 30, North Queensland 16
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.”