Aiden Tolman

Aiden Tolman is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the NRL.

He previously played for the Melbourne Storm in the National Rugby League. Tolman has also played for NSW Country.

Early life

Tolman was born in Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia.

He was educated at St Paul's College, Kempsey and represented 2006 Australian Schoolboys. He has also played for the Junior Kangaroos.

Tolman played his junior football with the Smithtown Tigers and he has also played for the Central Coast Storm and the Queensland Cup side, Norths Devils.

Playing career


Tolman made his first-grade debut for Melbourne Storm against the Canberra Raiders in round 6 of the 2008 season. He has been compared to former Melbourne Storm player Robbie Kearns. In 2008 he was named the Melbourne Storm rookie of the year.


He played in the 2009 premiership against Parramatta. This premiership was later stripped in 2010 by the NRL due to the club's multiple and deliberate breaches of the salary cap between 2006-2010.


On 18 May 2010, he signed for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs for three years.

In round one of the 2011 National Rugby League season Tolman made his debut for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs against the West Tigers at ANZ Stadium. Tolman finished the season with 21 appearances and six tries.


In 2012, Tolman ended the season with 27 appearances and 3 tries. He achieved the coach's award for the club. Tolman played for Canterbury in the 2012 NRL Grand Final loss against his former club Melbourne at ANZ Stadium.


The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs re-signed Tolman for a further four years, through until the end of season 2017. For the second year in a row, Tolman once again received the coach's award from coach Des Hasler. Tolman finished the season with 25 appearances and a try.


Tolman played in Canterbury's 2014 NRL Grand Final loss against the South Sydney Rabbitohs. Tolman finished the season with 22 appearances and a try.


Tolman played 21 games for Canterbury in the 2015 NRL season as the club qualified for the finals. Tolman played in both of Canterbury's finals matches as the club reached the second week but were eliminated by the Sydney Roosters.


On 6 December 2016, Tolman re-signed with Canterbury which would see him at the club until 2020.


On 27 May 2017, Tolman made 51 tackles, 17 hit ups for 148 running meters, and played 80 minutes, in round 12 against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. Tolman made a total of 24 appearances for Canterbury-Bankstown in the 2017 NRL season as they failed to reach the finals for the first time since 2011.


In 2018, Tolman made 16 appearances for Canterbury as the club endured one of its toughest seasons on the field. At one stage of the season, Canterbury were sitting second last on the table but rallied to achieve upset victories over the Brisbane Broncos, New Zealand Warriors and St George to finish the season in 12th place.


In round 15, Tolman made his 250th first grade appearance against Cronulla-Sutherland at ANZ Stadium which ended in a 14-12 victory to Canterbury-Bankstown.

In round 20 against the Penrith Panthers, Tolman played his 200th game for Canterbury - just the 12th Canterbury player to do so - and achieved in inside of nine seasons.

Tolman made a total of 23 appearances for Canterbury in the 2019 NRL season as the club finished 12th on the table. At one stage, Canterbury-Bankstown found themselves sitting last on the table and in real danger of finishing with the wooden spoon. However, for the third straight season, Canterbury achieved four upset victories in a row over Penrith, the Wests Tigers, South Sydney and Parramatta who were all competing for a place in the finals series and were higher on the table. Pay was credited with the late season revival as the side focused heavily on defence.