Tex Hoy has been named Canterbury Cup Player of the Year.
The South-Newcastle junior enjoyed a break-out season in 2019, where he earned an NRL development contract before the June 30 deadline.
The 19-year-old was a highlight at fullback in a tough season for the Cup side, scoring seven tries.
With deceiving strength, football smarts and speed to burn, Hoy was comfortable putting in huge performances at fullback, centre and in the halves.
Hoy was a constant threat to opposition defenders, chalking up 10 line-breaks and 72 tackle breaks, while also averaging well over 120 metres per game.
According to Newcastle Knights Canterbury Cup Coach Rory Kostjasyn, no player is more deserving of the award.
“Tex earned a position early in the year and finished the season really strong,” Kostjasyn said.
“He’s very elusive, quick and skilful with the ball.
“It makes him a real big danger for oppositions whenever he has his hands on the ball.”
With another fulltime pre-season on the horizon, Kostjasyn believes Hoy will continue to knock on the door for an NRL debut.
“He’s got all the talent in the world,” Kostjasyn said.
“I’m sure with the right attitude next pre-season, he’ll put his hand up for selection and earn a debut.”