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Rookie report: Memorable debut and versatile backs

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.


A solid performance this season saw Marks awarded his debut for Canterbury Cup on the weekend.

The 19-year-old, who played SG Ball for the Knights last season, has been a regular in the centres for Jersey Flegg this year.

He’s known for his hard-working attitude and ability to find space on the edge.

Marks handled the tough wet conditions with great ease on the weekend and was a safe and reliable option going forward.


Lucas has shown strength and skill in the halves in the few games he’s played for 20s so far this season.

Even when thrown a challenge, the new arrival from the south coast, has taken it on with grit and determination.

He proved that this weekend with a switch from his regular five-eighth position.

The young back was tasked with a move to the centres following injury to teammates and played out a solid match, despite greasy conditions.


A regular in weekly rookie reports, Hoy continues to impress on all fronts in the No.1 jersey for Canterbury Cup.

This weekend the young back pulled off some tough carries and was dependable with the ball.

Able to play fullback, half, centre or wing, Hoy has proved handy with his speed and creativity out on the paddock.


The New Zealander moved to Newcastle last year to play SG Ball but was struck down with injury and was unable to play a game.

Ticehurst made his return to the field this season and has been a strong contributor for the 20s in the front row.

Against the Tigers, Jersey Flegg coach Scott Dureau admits he played his best game of the year and bagged his first try of the season in an impressive outing.