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.
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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.