14 July 2023

Region Riverina vs Junee Diesels' Daniel Foley

| Glenn Pallister
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Daniel Foley

Daniel Foley is happy to be back with the reborn Junee Diesels. Photo: Supplied.

Daniel Foley made the move back to his hometown of Junee this season after finishing the 2022 rugby league season by winning the Wagga Kangaroos’ Best and Fairest Award.

A proud rugby league town boasting names such as former Canberra, NSW and Australian icon Laurie Daley and NRL Hall of Fame commentator the great Ray ‘Rabbits’ Warren, Junee was unable to field a first grade team for two seasons after COVID-19.

The time away from Junee during that hiatus didn’t hurt Foley’s football at all, starting with a season at Wagga crosstown rivals Southcity Bulls, before a shining season with the Roos.

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His return to Junee sees him being groomed for a future coaching role, taking on the job as assistant coach with a plan to succeed current coach Damion Fraser.

The Foley name is synonymous with rugby league in the railway town – and Daniel has stepped up to take on the Region challenge.

Where are you from and where did you first start playing footy?
I’m a Junee boy born and bred and started my footy journey right here in Junee.

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Daniel Foley hits the jets to score for Junee. Photo: Supplied.

Best footy memory?
My best footy memory would have to be winning the grand final in the Under 16s.

Favourite player as a kid and why?
My favourite player was Anthony Minichiello (Sydney Roosters and NSW Blues legend who had cat-like reflexes, earning him the nickname the Mincat), he was fast and tough (Minichiello overcame serious back problems through his career by performing gruelling self-taught exercises and stretching programs which lengthened his career considerably).

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Favourite childhood meal you can remember?
There’s no way you can go past a good schnitty!!

Favourite ground to play on and why?
Definitely Laurie Daley Oval – our home ground at Junee – the atmosphere is amazing with all the cars parked around the ground – I love it.

Why should young kids take up rugby league?
Kids should take up rugby league cause it’s a great way to make friends and to keep active which is really important.

Do you have a celebrity lookalike?
Some would say Brad Pitt.

What annoys you?
The cold – can’t stand it.

Best advice you’ve ever been given?
If you get attacked by a mob of clowns go for the juggler.

On a car trip from the region to Sydney who would you not want in the passenger seat?
Anyone that talks too much.

Any person (dead or alive) you would want in the passenger seat?
Adam Sandler.

Down to your last $20 – what would you spend it on?
Just a few beers.

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