We always have an eye on the future.
Each week the nib Newcastle Knights will identify the best performers from the Canterbury Cup NSW and Jersey Flegg competitions so the supporters can get a feel for who is consistently performing in the lower grades.
These are the players to keep an eye out for as they climb the ranks or knock on the door for a future NRL debut.
This time last year he was playing in the under 18s competition.
He’s very much eligible to play Jersey Flegg but a strong pre-season and solid trial form has seen him start the year in reserve grade.
Kicking off the Canterbury Cup season, Crossland didn’t look out of place.
The teen, who played U18s NSW Origin last year, guided the team to victory over Newtown and scored a try.
Diving on a loose ball, he showed his pace, racing away for a four-pointer.
He was the 20s player of the year in 2018 and he’s started the new season off in fine form.
Relishing his first NRL pre-season, the backrower is only getting better.
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Defensively, Fermor is solid but in attack he’s fearless. He runs a hard line and scored a try courtesy of his running game in the Knights’ win over the Jets.
He played two games in the Canterbury Cup last year but is expected to spend the bulk of the 2019 season in the grade despite still being eligible for Jersey Flegg.
A versatile player, Hoy spent the pre-season training at fullback and is quickly looking at home there.
Quick on his feet, Hoy used his speed and footwork to get on the board over the weekend.