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.
The 19-year-old has had a breakout year.
Still eligible for Jersey Flegg, Hoy has become a Mr Fix It for the Knights this season and that was the case in Canterbury Cup on the weekend.
Hoy played centre in Saturday’s 30-22 win over Penrith and was a standout performer.
“He scored two tries to put us in front,” Canterbury cup coach Rory Kostjasyn said.
“His two tries were the difference.”
He scored a double, ran for 93 metres and made two line-breaks and six tackle breaks.
Having had a taste of first grade a few weeks back, the No.7 showed why he’s considered a long term NRL player.
Playing a hand in a try and guiding traffic, the 19-year-old was another who impressed the coach last week.
“He’s a confident kid,” Kostjasyn said.
“He was good, especially in the second half. He had the last pass in Tex’s first try and came around to make the shape for his second try.”
The 21-year-old continues to grow his game with his 42 minutes stint on the weekend notching ip 133 run metres from 14 carries.
“He was very good coming off the bench,” Kostjasyn said.
“He carried the footy really well.”
He also made a line-break and finished the game with a tackle efficiency of 93.3 percent.
A local product, Jones ran for 142 metres despite being out of position.
“He had to change positions and play in the centres early in the game,” Kostjasyn said.
“He did a really good job for us and competed pretty hard.
“He’s done it twice this year because we’ve been short and he’s been competing really well over the last month.”
Jones had six tackle breaks and a tackle efficiency of 92.7 percent against the Panthers.