Starford To’a has inked a new deal with the nib Newcastle Knights.

An exciting prospect with versatility, the Australian Schoolboys representative moves onto a development contract for 2019 before joining the fulltime squad from 2020.

The new deal will see him join the top 30 roster until the end of the 2021 season.

Sidelined with a wrist injury, Knights coach Nathan Brown said that the outside back has shown great commitment to his recovery and it is this work ethic which has helped him secure the reward of an upgraded contract.

“He’s a very talented young player who we all have high hopes for,” Brown said.

“He’s used his injury to his advantage by getting through a lot of hard training.

“We’re looking forward to seeing what he can do in the future.”

A fullback, centre or winger, To’a has speed and dazzling footwork.

An Auckland native, To’a joined the NRL squad for pre-season training where impressed and earned a taste of first grade in the Club’s final 2019 trial game against Cronulla.

To’a scored a magnificent solo try with his first use of the ball.

Player List Manager Troy Pezet said; “Starford has progressed through our lower grades at a rapid rate.

“We are looking forward to the coming seasons and helping him develop.”