Newcastle Knights youngster Sam Kamu has been named as the best Auckland secondary school rugby league player of 2018.
A product of Mt Albert Grammar School, Kamu has been contracted with the Knights for the past two years and will relocate from New Zealand during the off-season.
Kamu played both as a winger and second-rower throughout the SAS College Rugby League campaign and was crowned the award winner following his school's 14-6 Grand Final loss to Kelston Boys' High School.
Knights Recruitment Manager Troy Pezet said the 17-year-old is a top prospect.
"Sam is a centre," Pezet said.
"Possibly a backrower down the track. He's in the Sione (Mata'utia) mould. He has good skills, is a goal kicker, wonderful leadership qualities. He captained his under 18 team to a premiership three weeks ago.
"He's a good leader and a fantastic kid and will come over here and start University in Newcastle in the New Year."
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The teen also claimed the Auckland U18 championship with his Richmond club earlier in the year.
While he's been part of the Knights development system, Pezet said Kamu will relocate at the end of the year.
"He'll move over when finishes year 12 this year," Pezet said.
"He'll play SG Ball. He'll be with us for another two or three years.
"He's been here for a couple of camps and played his local club footy over there while concentrating on his schooling before he comes out.
"His mum has already moved over.
"The rest of the family will move out over Christmas."