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It is easy to see why this man was named the Club's Most Improved Player.

In 2018 Welch produced career best numbers for tackle breaks, tackles made, total running metres, kick return metres and post contact metres.

Heading into the year the 24-year-old was expected to shoulder greater responsibility in the pack and he more than delivered.

Prior to the season Welch played 35 games in three seasons yet played 26 games in total this season.

His performances gained the attention of Queensland selectors when he was drafted into Maroons camp ahead of Game II of this year's series.

Games played Tackles made Tackle breaks Running metres Offloads 
 26  1,126  40  3,188  46
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