2019 proved to be an impressive yet frustrating season for 21-year-old prop forward Pasami Saulo.
Saulo started the pre-season strong, training in the nib Newcastle Knights top squad after making his debut in 2018.
However, just one week from the start of the season, Saulo suffered a setback in the form of a fractured finger, keeping him out until round four.
Saulo spent much of the season in the Canterbury Cup side, where he enjoyed solid form. In his 14 appearances, he ran for over 1000 metres at an average of 93 per game.
He also made nearly 300 tackles, completing 93.2% of those he committed to.
His consistent form saw him called up for three NRL encounters, namely against the Sydney Roosters, Melbourne and the Warriors.
Renowned for his defence, Saulo didn’t look out of place in an NRL jumper, missing just one tackle in all three of his games in first grade.
Unfortunately for Saulo, his year was cut short by two weeks when he suffered a Central Tendon injury, again in his index finger, in the teams’ 36-14 loss to Mounties.