Meet the youngsters pushing for future NRL nod

Scribble down the names Pasami Saulo and Brodie Jones for safe keeping.

They're just two of the players turning heads for the nib Newcastle Knights.

While neither has featured in the top grade, coach Nathan Brown has earmarked both men as potential NRL players for the future.

Answering questions submitted by the supporters, Brown nominated the youngsters as two players he hopes will kick on in the coming seasons.

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"The ones we've got that haven't debuted yet that are currently playing reserve grade, are Australian Schoolboys Pasami Saulo and Brodie Jones," Brown said.

"They've still got a lot of work to do but they both have the talent.

"There's no doubting the talent but they both have areas they need to get right with their preparation and training... generally the hardest part with a lot of the younger forwards is the defensive part of the game."


Saulo, 19, joined the fulltime squad this season and spent the year playing in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW despite still being eligible for Jersey Flegg.

The Maitland Pickers junior stands at 190 centimetres and weighs in at 104 kilos, while 20-year-old Jones is a Cessnock product and weighs in at 103 kilos.

"We've certainly put a bit of faith in them, we've signed them longer term," Brown continued.

"If they have some luck with injury – both have had big shoulder surgeries in the past 18 months – the young kids playing Australian Schoolboys can tend to be over exposed a little early with the amount of football they play but we've got steps in place to hopefully halt that.

"They're probably the two that have been training for 18 months we're hopeful of (kicking on).

"Whether they get to that level, you just never know but they certainly have the talent."


Sam Stone, 20, made his NRL debut last year but has had limited opportunity in 2018.

Called up to the first-grade side against Melbourne last week, the game against the Storm was the backrower's first NRL match this season.

Despite not heavily featuring in the NRL side this year, Stone is a player Brown expects will spend more time in the top grade in the coming seasons.

"Sam Stone is a player everyone got to see last year," he said.

"He's tracking along nicely.


"I firmly believe he's a player who has the potential to be a good long-term player for the club."

Blessed with a rich nursey and strong pathways program, the Knights have several emerging players who are tipped for success.

Supplying a host of players to the junior representative teams, including the NSW Under 18s Origin side, Brown was reluctant to pin-point which players he expects to charge towards an NRL start in the coming seasons.

"There's a nice number of kids there," Brown said.

"I wouldn't like to single anyone out at the moment purely because of their age."

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