Rookie report: Zippy men shine, big men step up

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.

TEX HOY

A versatile player who started the season in Canterbury Cup, Hoy returned to the 20s competition last fortnight.

Able to play fullback, half, centre or wing, the 20-year-old found himself in the centres on the weekend and playing a starring role.

The Knights made easy work of North Sydney with Hoy bagging a hat-trick.

With speed and creativity, Hoy completed his first NRL pre-season this year.             

BRANDON RUSSELL

The lock produced a tireless performance.

For a middle, Russell has made a habit out of sniffing out a try.

While his attack was potent, he was equally as convincing in defence, setting the tone for his teammate.

MAT CROKER

The prop was strong in his Canterbury Cup NSW debut.

A junior NSW Origin representative, the Nabiac product enjoyed his first NRL pre-season with the Knights after completing the first block prior to Christmas.

A no nonsense middle, Croker scored a try in Friday’s loss to North Sydney to cap off a strong first hit-out in the reserve grade competition after having a few years of 20s under his belt.

MATT MOON

A country boy from Bega, Moon is in his second season at the Knights.

The utility provided plenty of spark off the bench for the Jersey Flegg side on the weekend.

Moon played lock and hooker against North Sydney.

BEN THOMAS

Thomas joined the Knights from Wyong and has wasted little time settling in.

The Central Coast product made 125 metres in 48 minutes in the Canterbury Cup NSW competition on the weekend.

He also made 47 metres post-contact.

BEAU FERMOR

By now, most Knights fans know the name.

The backrower has had a strong start to the season.

The game on the weekend was no exception with Fermor running for 144 metres.