2019 tossed up a mixed bag for 19-year-old livewire Starford To’a.
Starting the year in Jersey Flegg, To’a quickly showed why he’s touted as a talent for the future, catching the attention of the NRL squad very quickly.
Unfortunately for him, a syndesmosis injury to his ankle kept him sidelined for large chunks of the year, resulting in his season being very stop/start.
When he was on the field, he was close to unstoppable, earning a call up to the Canterbury Cup side on three occasions throughout the year.
In those three games, To’a crossed the line three times, broke 24 tackles and made five line-breaks.
His form saw him promoted to make his NRL debut in the nib Newcastle Knights’ final game of the season against Penrith.
While the result didn’t go the team’s way, To’a did manage to introduce himself to first grade by scoring a stunning 60 metre intercept try.
Now injury-free with the experience under his belt, and another full pre-season ahead of him, To’a will be back in 2020 bigger and better than ever.