Rookie Report: Young forward leader, No.7 steps up

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.

BAYDEN SEARLE

A Dubbo product, Searle is a halfback who plays above his weight.

Making Canterbury Cup NSW debut on the weekend, the step up was a reward for a red-hot start to the Jersey Flegg season.

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According to his 20s coach, Scott Dureau, Searle didn’t look out of place in Cup.

“He played really good for the 20s at the start of the year,” Dureau said.

“He got called up and held his own, that’s for sure.

“He’s skinny but he’s tough. He was very good.”

JACK CAMERON

A front rower, Cameron joined the Club last season.

Turning 20 this year, the Tamworth product was inspirational for the Jersey Flegg side.

“He has been really good for us all year. He was one of our best,” Dureau said.

“He scored a try. Had an enormous work-rate and was aggressive in what was an aggressive game.

“He was our leader in the middle… he’s a genuine leader of our pack.”

LUKE HUTH

The 20s hooker was brilliant once again.

A crafty player, Huth is coming into his own as he consistently performs on increased game time.

“He was his usual self,” Dureau said.

“A try assists, 40 odd tackles, played the whole game.

“It was his third or fourth playing the whole game. He’s so crafty and smart around the ruck.”

He made 40 tackles and the next highest in the team was 22.

CAM DAVIES

The halfback made his Jersey Flegg debut in the win over Souths on the weekend.

“He made his debut,” Dureau explained.

“He had a knee reconstruction at the start of last year and missed SG Ball. He came back and played a couple of local league games.

“He played for us on the weekend and was very good with a couple of try assists and kicked a few goals.”