Rookie Review: Brock Lamb
While 2017 didn't see anywhere near as many players make their NRL debut as in 2016, there were still a number of rookies in the Club's ranks.
Brock Lamb was the Club’s standout rookie in 2017, as he played 21 matches in the top grade and walked away with the Rookie of the Year Award at the Club’s Danny Buderus Medal.
While Lamb faced some challenges in the early part of the season as he learned to adapt to the pace and power of the NRL, by the latter stages of the season he was in brilliant form.
There was no doubt he was at the fore in each game as the team chalked up three consecutive wins late in the season.
It was an unfortunate end to the season for the 20-year-old though, as he picked up a knee injury that prevented him from playing the final two matches.
The positive news was that it wasn’t a long-term injury, and Lamb will be ready to go when the 2018 pre-season commences on November 1.
In 2018 he will be facing increased competition for a first-grade spot, with Connor Watson coming to the Club and Trent Hodkinson and Jack Cogger also aiming to play in the halves.
Lamb loves a challenge though, as he proved time and again in 2017.
. 25 games
. 21 goals
. 5 tries
. 10 try assists
. 53 metres per game
. 17 tackles per game
. 87 per cent tackle accuracy
NOTE: Players are classified as a rookie in their debut year and the subsequent two seasons.
Once a player plays his fourth NRL premiership match (and/or English Super League match), he is no longer classified as a rookie.
As Lamb had only played three NRL matches coming into 2017, this season he was still considered a rookie.