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Rookie report: Dangerous backs, high energy forward

We always have an eye on the future.

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

Bradman Best

At just the age of 17, the youngster has already had a taste of training alongside the NRL squad and it seemed to have paid off.

In the NSW Under 18s squad, Best is a centre with size and strength beyond his years.

In just his second game of the year for Jersey Flegg this weekend, Best played a big part in setting up one of the Knights tries.

He proved strong in defence and dangerous in attack and impressed on all fronts to help his team to a convincing 20-point victory against the Dragons.

Brandon Russell

The QLD emerging U20s player is an obvious talent in the forward pack.

The no. 13 played his first game for Jersey Flegg on the weekend and made an immediate impact.

A high energy Russell was a force in the middle and was commended for an inspiring effort against the Dragons.

He's one the opposition will have to watch out for.

Kiah Cooper

With a dangerous left foot step, the 21-year-old is known for leaving defenders in the lurch out wide.

The former Wests Newcastle junior was again in fine form for the Knights Canterbury Cup side on the weekend, despite an 18-point loss to the Dragons.

The big winger proved tricky for the opposition, showcasing his skills to cross the line on three occasions for a hat-trick.