Interview: Pasami Saulo
Rising nib Newcastle Knights forward Pasami Saulo may already be built for the top grade at 190cm tall and weighing in at over 107 kilograms, but the talented local junior is still eligible for the Under 20s.
The 19-year-old has spent the pre-season training with first grade and Saulo admits everything is falling into place nicely.
Although he did pick up a knee injury before Christmas, he's now back out on the field.
“After the Christmas break I got told to take the brace off my knee and a week and a bit after that, got on the field to have a run,” Saulo explained to Knights TV.
“At the moment it’s feeling awesome again and it’s good to be back training with the full squad.
“It’s been tough in the rehabilitation program but I’m just getting back on to my knee and it’s feeling great.”
Hopefully I'll be playing Reserve Grade most of the year but I’d even like to get up to first grade.Pasami Saulo Forward
The friendly youngster has relished his time spent training with the first graders, saying it has seen his game thrive.
“My progression is a lot better than what it is was and continues to get better," Saulo smiled.
“I’ve got so much advice from all the experienced boys and I’ve just taken it into my game.”
Saulo is looking noticeably bigger.
“I have put on a lot more size, I feel stronger and that’s all helping out,” said Saulo.
“The pre-season has been tough, really tough, especially with the weather but I’m just carrying on."
With a breakout 2017 season that saw the youngster sign on for a further two years with the Club, Saulo has high hopes his gains in pre-season will see him record another impressive season in 2018.
The 19-year-old may still be eligible for Jersey Flegg but has his sights set on becoming a mainstay in the Reserve Grade side and possibly pushing for an NRL debut.
“Hopefully I'll be playing Reserve Grade most of the year but I’d even like to get up to first grade.
“I want to get a starting spot for Reserve Grade each week and then try and get on the bench for first grade.
“There’s lot of good players in first grade and Reserve Grade, so it’s going to be tough."