Although his 2021 campaign ended with a heartbreaking ACL injury, Adam Doueihi had arguably the best individual season of his young career.
Playing 20 games across the season — 14 at five-eighth and six in the centres — the local junior recorded a personal best nine tries and 69 goals, totalling 174 points.
Doueihi also ran for an average 105 metres a game and recorded 309 tackles (avg. 15.5) with an efficiency rate of 83.3 percent, as well as recording nine line-breaks, 52 tackle-breaks, 22 offloads and 17 try assists.
After missing the opening round against Canberra due to suspension, Doueihi made the transition to five-eighth to partner Luke Brooks in the halves — a position the Lebanon international excelled in.
Although he was finding his feet with the number six jersey on his back, the playmaker was shifted into the centres in Round 10 against the Knights, as coach Michael Maguire thought it was best for the team.
Instead of kicking stones over a positional move, Doueihi produced one of his best performances to date as he scored two tries and kicked six goals, to go with 152 running metres, three tackle-breaks, one line-break and a try assist.
He played six consecutive games in the centres before shifting back into the halves for his final six games of the season.
His stellar campaign came to an end in Round 23 against Cronulla as he suffered an ACL injury, which will rule him out of the start of the 2022 season — however he is recovering well following surgery.
Not only did Doueihi on the field, but he also was nominated for the NRL’s Ken Stephens Medal for his community work.
Doueihi was nominated for the prestigious award, which recognises the efforts of an NRL player who has not only achieved on the field, but also committed time off it to community projects.
The 22-year-old has been nominated by Wests Tigers for going above and beyond in his involvement in community work — consistently demonstrating a commitment to making a difference in his community and the club.
Appearances — 20
Tries — 9
Goals — 69 (79.3%)
Line-breaks — 9
Tackle breaks — 52
Try assists — 17
Offloads — 22
Running metres — 2113 (avg. 105)
Tackles made — 309 (avg. 15.5)
Tackle efficiency — 83.3%
NRL Fantasy points — 1102 (avg. 55.1)
Doueihi loved taking on the line in 2021 — and with speed, size and a slick step, he found the line nine times across the season.
Here is a trademark Doueihi try — in Round 20 against the Warriors.
Doueihi uses his strong running game to close the gap
WHAT WAS SAID
I guess I’m pretty versatile and Madge [coach Michael Maguire] saw me in the centres as a good option. I enjoy playing at five-eighth, but I’ll do whatever is best for the best. The team always comes first.Adam Doueihi
It wasn’t the news he wanted to hear but he’s ready to rehab!
Sending a special delivery to an adoring fan!
Doueihi will spend the off-season in rehab as he recovers from an ACL injury, suffered late in the season.
The playmaker will be hoping to return sooner, rather than later, and the number six jersey is set to be his once he's ready to roll.