Rookie Report: Young leaders emerge

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.

JIRAH MOMOISEA

The 21-year-old Momoisea proved his worth, playing big minutes in the front row.

With some tough carries, the forward showed his seniority in what was a young Canterbury Cup team facing the Warriors on the weekend.

“He was very strong, played big minutes in front row,” Elite Pathways Development Coach Scott Dureau said.

“Very tough carries very strong against the big Warriors pack he was very dominant through the middle.”

Placed on a development contract for the 2019 season, the New Zealand product is certainly one to watch.

ZAC HOSKING

It was a man of the match performance from the lock.

The youngster lead by example with 53 tackles and a total of 130 run metres.

“Zac Hosking was our best player,” Dureau said.

“Pretty impressive effort for a young team and he was pretty much the most senior player. “He’s 22. Pretty much the most senior player in the team that night.

After spending the previous two seasons in the Jersey Flegg side, Hosking transitioned into Cup thus year.

TOBY MARKS

Marks played a noteworthy game in his position on the wing.

Showing consistency and grit, the Jersey Flegg flyer performed to an exceptional standard in just his second Canterbury Cup game.

A product of the Knights’ junior system, the Woy Woy junior joined the Club as a 16-year-old and is a regular in the 20s team.

“He was very good on the wing. He just consistently does his job to a very high standard for a 19-year-old,” Dureau said.