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globalrugbyleague - Sat, 29 Nov 2008 11:38:00 GMT
For so many years he was the face of the Bulldogs and the rock that held the club together during the salary cap controversy of 2002 and the ‘Coffs Harbour incident’ less than two years later.
HE stunned the NRL during the 2004 season when he announced he would be crossing the Tasman to join the Warriors, yet within the space of 12 months he had won over an adoring Kiwi public as well.
Steven Price hasn’t forgotten his days as a young country kid from Dalby in Queensland who idolized the Maroons and dreamed of donning the blue and gold of Parramatta, yet his achievements since making the Bulldogs in late 1992 have him poised on the precipice of greatness.
He has played in three grand finals with a premiership win in 1995; was named in the Bulldogs’ 70-year Team of Champions as one of their greatest ever servants, boasts 11 tests for his country and sits alongside Bob Lindner as Queensland’s most capped forward with 25 State of Origin games to his name.
In 2009 he will become just the 11th player in a century of rugby league to play 300 first grade games in a career spanning 16 seasons at the top.
And all of this while battling rumours about his sexuality and an alleged gambling habit, a cruel knee injury that robbed him of captaining the Bulldogs in the 2004 grand final and constant insinuations during his younger years that he wasn’t tough enough to make in the NRL.
Be Your Best is Price’s personal account of his journey to the top of the Rugby League mountain – through what many would deem to be insurmountable obstacles – and provides a unique and fascinating insight into what it has taken to get there.
This is the story of a true champion who promised his all and found a way or two to deliver on every promise along the way.
Be Your Best by Steve Price with Ben Blaschke is available from November 13, 2008 with thanks to Hachette Livre Australia. RRP $35.00.


Ben Blaschke has worked in sports journalism for the past 10 years, primarily for Big League magazine - the official publication of the National Rugby League - where his career first kicked off in 998.Specialising in rugby league but extending at times to cricket, tennis, AFL and even poker, he has also worked for The Sunday Telegraph, leading sports magazine Alpha, Rugby League Week, Zoo Weekly and a wide range of lesser known publications. More recently he was employed as sports editor of News Ltd's popular mX newspaper in Sydney before turning freelance on a full-time basis in 2007. - Read More, Here