HE is the workhorse from thoroughbred territory with the blue-chip breeding who wants to emulate the feats of the man he hopes to succeed at the Newcastle Knights.
Meet the aptly named Adam Clydsdale - grandson of home-grown Hunter international Don "Bandy" Adams; Scone Thoroughbreds junior; and the man looming as the heir apparent to champion Knights hooker Danny Buderus.
A year after suffering a serious leg injury, the 19-year-old toiler was named Newcastle's National Youth Cup (under-20s) Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year at the Knights' awards presentation this month.
He won the same two awards in the club's premiership-winning and national championship-winning SG Ball (under-18s) team last year, and was their Harold Matthews (under-16s) Player of the Year in 2009 - the year he represented NSW under-16s.
Born and bred in Scone, and after one season of soccer, Clydsdale played his first game of rugby league as a seven-year-old.