Few can appreciate the abundance of talent working its way through the nib Newcastle Knights system like Scott Dureau.

Elite Pathways Development coach for the Club, the former halfback is tasked with developing the Knights' rich nursey and there's plenty of exciting prospects within the system.

Speaking on the Our Town Our Team podcast, Dureau has pin-pointed a handful of teenage players the Knights hold high hopes for.


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"There's always some really good young talent at the Knights," Dureau told the Our Town Our Team podcast.

"We had five guys in the NSW under 18s Origin this year which is the most out of any club, which is outstanding.

"Phoenix Crossland was the halfback in that game, played well. Bradman Best, 17-year-old, playing a year young in the Origin and Jaron Purcell, as well is only 17.


"Without going into too much detail. There's some real quality kids that we've got."

The victorious NSW under 18s side featured Knights juniors Bradman Best, Phoenix Crossland, Brock Gardner, Jock Madden and Jaron Purcell.

Since retiring from the game at the end of 2015, Dureau took up a coaching position at the Knights.

The new gig started in 2016 as an assistant to the 20s before evolving into his current pathways position.

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"My role is to make sure that our best young players get the right coaching and education," he said.

"To try and get as many Knights local juniors through from our juniors into our first-grade system.

"Helping the guys from our 20s, down to our 14s program. Trying to make them as good as footy players as we can and the program is also holistic where he also look at their schooling, work life and home life."

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