From the ranks of the NYC competition to the Auckland Nines, Brock Lamb is gearing up for one of the most exciting opportunities in his rising football career so far.
The 18-year-old Knights junior was named in the Club’s Auckland Nines squad after completing his first fulltime NRL pre-season.
His ability to keep up with and hold his own against the Knights’ seasoned squad members impressed coaching staff enough to earn him a place in the first hit-out of season 2016.
“I was pretty excited, it hasn’t really sunk in yet, but I suppose when we get on the plane it will and I’ll realise what’s going to happen over those couple of days,” he told Knights TV.
While the young Knight has travelled across the ditch as a member of the Club’s Under 20s team, he considers the Auckland Nines tournament to be on another level completely.
“I haven’t been around New Zealand much, so it will be good to go over there again,” he said.
“I don’t really know much about it so it’s going to be a new experience for me.
“I’m just going over there with an open mind and am going to see what happens.”
This week the team has shifted focus at training in preparation for the high-energy nine-a-side matches.
“We had a little bit of a run around on Monday and will have another go on Wednesday just before we leave, so we are getting in as much as we can before we go,” he said.
“I’m really excited and it’s going to be good for me in it’s a bit of a challenge."
The talented young half remains undaunted by the fact he will come up against some of the NRL's biggest names and has chosen to see the tournament as a valuable learning experience.
“It will be a good experience for me to realise what it’s going to be like to come up against those type of players and what I have to put in,” he said.
“Some of the boys have talked about the tournament and they say it’s unreal. It’s something you don’t want to miss.
“I’m lucky to go over there and play and I can’t wait for it.”