Steve Price (born 12 March 1974 in Dalby, Queensland) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the New Zealand Warriors in the National Rugby League (NRL). His position throughout his career has been in the front row where he has won numerous awards and accolades for his efforts.
During the 1998 season Price made his debut for Queensland in game one of the 1998 State of Origin series. He would retain his spot for the following two matches of series in which Queensland were victorious two games to one. His performance at rep level was then awarded with the highest honour for an Australian player as he was announced in the 1998 Kangaroos squad. In the same year Steve Price and the Bulldogs made a terrific finals run, where after finishing the season in 9th position (10 from 20 teams made the finals in 1998), they won four must-win matches to make it all the way through to the 1998 Grand-Final against the Brisbane Broncos which, after a sensational run, they lost 38-12.
When Bulldog captain Darren Britt left the club at the end of 2001, coach Steve Folkes opted for Price to captain the side for 2002. He proved to be a great skipper and Bulldogs finished the 2002 season with 20 wins, 1 draw and only 3 losses, although they would not play in the finals due to the salary cap breach. 2003 was another strong year for Price as he was awarded Player of the Year by official NRL magazine Rugby League Week; he also captained the sides to 18 regular season wins and a semi-final berth which they lost to the Sydney Roosters. In 2004 Price had a stellar performance playing for Queensland and was awarded the Ron McAuliffe Medal for Queensland player of the series.
During the transfer period in 2004 it was announced that it would be his last year with the Bulldogs after 10 years of service, as he was signing with the New Zealand Warriors for 2005. He couldn't have gone out in better style as the Dogs finished second on the ladder, only missing out on the minor premiership by points difference. Price's fairytale ending was then shattered when he tore his medial ligament the week before the Grand Final. His side played well without their inspirational captain and went on to win 16-13 to send Price out with another Grand Final success, even though he did not compete in the final game.
In 2006 Price again experienced more salary cap drama and his signing to the club arguably may have been a reason. The Warriors were found to have committed major breaches of the salary cap following the high profile signings of Price and Ruben Wiki. The NRL announced the club would be deducted four competition points and the club would also be assessed a A$430,000 fine. Those four points would cost the team a place in the finals.
Even at the age of 33 and after 13 years playing professional football, the 2007 season proved to be one of his career bests. In Round 14 Steve Price broke his own record of 'metres gained by a forward' playing against the Cronulla Sharks. Steve's previous record was 272 metres, he eclipsed this by running 306 metres from 33 hit ups. Then 7 weeks later in Round 21 Price broke his own record again, this time against the Sydney Roosters where he ran for a total of 323m. The Warriors finished the regular season strongly, sitting at the top end of the ladder on 4th position, although they struggled to perform come finals time and dropped out of the competition in the second week of the finals losing to the North Queensland Cowboys. However, Price's own personal performance throughout the year was duly recognised as he was awarded the Captain of the Year & Prop of the Year titles at the 2007 Dally M Awards.