Generation next! Rookies to look for in 2020 (Part I)

They aren't household names now but that doesn't mean they won't be one day.

Even Kalyn Ponga, Mitchell Pearce and David Klemmer were once hungry kids itching to get their chance in the top grade.

The team from newcastleknights.com.au has run their eyes over the youngsters to make this list.

These are the next generation of the Knights.

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JIRAH MOMOISEA

He spent the 2019 season in Canterbury Cup and was one of their most consistent performers.

Raised in Auckland, Momoisea joined the Knights in 2018 and continues to impress.

A hard-running middle, Momoisea didn’t start playing rugby league until he was 18 in his final year at St Pauls College in Auckland.

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PHOENIX CROSSLAND

While he made his NRL debut mid-year against the Warriors, an injury to his lower leg cut short his season.

A clever half with a handy kicking game, the 19-year-old is tough.

Not afraid to get hit, taking the ball to the line, Crossland has pace, a lovely touch and maturity beyond his years.

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He got a taste for first grade last season with a 12 minute stint but will push to become a regular feature come next season.

MAT CROKER

At the age of 20, Croker has worked his way through the Knights’ lower grades.

Enjoying representative success in his junior career, 2019 saw the forward make the move to rugby league against men with five Canterbury Cup appearances.

Having been a standout performer with the Jersey Flegg side, Croker joins the NRL squad in 2020 on a Development Contract.

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BEAU FERMOR

In all likelihood, Fermor would’ve made his NRL debut in 2019 if it were not for injury.

A no nonsense backrower, Fermor is a Queensland under 20s representative who joined the Knights from the Melbourne Storm in 2018.

The backrower was the NSWRL and Knights Jersey Flegg Under 20’s player of the year in 2018 and played for the NSW Residents side in 2019.

Currently on the mend from an ACL injury, Fermor will return to action early in the 2020 season.

STAR TO’A

The flyer got his shot in first grade in the final game of 2019.

A fullback, centre and winger, To’a is likely to see plenty more games in the top grade come 2020.

Likely to add to his one NRL appearance by continuing his young career on the wing, To’a has footwork and speed.

An intercept try against Penrith saw the teenager run 70 metres to score.

Supporters who attended the Cronulla trial match have witnessed To’a’s footwork firsthand when he wrong-footed Sosaia Feki to score in the corner.