They are three of the brightest young prospects at the Club and they're secured long-term.

Phoenix Crossland and Starford To'a have extended their contracts with the nib Newcastle Knights until the end of 2021.

While, Bradman Best has signed until the end of 2022.

Crossland, a halfback, captained the Knights' SG Ball side in 2018.

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Crossland and To'a had a breakout year in the under 18s competition before jumping up to the 20s.
To'a, a fullback or centre, has blistering speed with dazzling footwork.

While the Auckland native is an attacking whiz, he isn't one to shy away from the tough stuff in defence.


The duo were a pivotal part of the Jersey Flegg side that finished just one game short of the 20s grand final.

Both men also featured in the victorious NSW under 18s side which also included Bradman Best.

Best is still only 17 but played up in the Origin match this year.

A powerful back who is most at home in the centres, Best scored a dramatic last gasp try in the NSW under 16s Origin to seal victory in 2017.

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Knights Player List Manager, Troy Pezet, said the retention of the three talents goes a long way to ensuring the future of the Club is in safe hands.

"They're all special talents," Pezet said.

"From a young age, these players have showed maturity beyond their years.

"As they've progressed through the grades, not once have they looked out of place.

"We're very excited to see how the trio continue to develop in the coming seasons."