Rookie Report: A speedster and defensive guns

We always have an eye on the future.

Each week the nib Newcastle Knights will identify the best performers from the ISP 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.

LUKE HUTH

The skilful no. 9 is making a name for himself and proving a handy inclusion to the Jersey Flegg squad.

After a strong 2018 season, the speedy teenager was awarded with an NRL pre-season and gained valuable experience to take back to the U20s.

The former Australian Schoolboys representative, who captained Jersey Flegg on the weekend, dialled up the work rate in both attack and defence.

Huth made a last minute line break to almost level the match for the Knights, but couldn't quite finish it off to lose by a try to the Panthers.

MAT CROKER

A smart and skilful forward, Croker is a force in the middle.

The 20-year-old has a long list of accolades with the Knights, which includes the Carlson club award and SG Ball player of the year in 2017 and the 2018 Jersey Flegg player's player of the year.

The NSW Origin junior was a metre eater on the weekend and again staged a solid performance in the middle.

Croker has proved himself a clear leader on the field, set for a stellar 2019 season.

MITCH ANDREWS

He's been earmarked as a player of the future and so far hasn't disappointed.

A strong defensive outside back, Andrews is expected to be a mainstay in this years Canterbury Cup for the Knights.

Despite a loss to the Panthers on the weekend, the no. 3 made some good decisions in defence and carried the ball strongly.