Newcastle Knights five-eighth Brock Lamb appears a leading candidate for the Dally M rookie-of-the-year award.

BROCK Lamb’s consistent improvement has lifted him into contention for an honour only one other Knights player has achieved – the Dally M rookie-of-the-year award.

RISING STAR: Brock Lamb.

RISING STAR: Brock Lamb.

After consecutive man-of-the-match displays in wins against the Warriors and Parramatta, the 20-year-old five-eighth now appears one of the frontrunners for the NRL’s top-newcomer prize.

Lamb debuted in the NRL and played three games in 2016, but under Dally M rules, players are considered rookies if they made no more than three appearances in the previous season.

This year he has played in 20 games, scoring five tries – including three in his past three games – kicking 23 goals and a field goal. He has also produced nine try assists.

His main rival for the Dally M gong would appear to be Canberra winger Nick Cotric, whose brace against the Warriors on Sunday took him to 15 tries in 21 games.

Other candidates include Penrith forward Corey Harawira-Naera, Roosters centre Joseph Manu, Cronulla hooker Jayden Brailey and Canterbury winger Marcelo Montoya.

The only Knight to have won the Dally M rookie award was halfback Matthew Rodwell in 1992.

“We’re really happy with his progress,’’ Knights coach Nathan Brown said of Lamb.

“He certainly went through some tough times … he’s played in a position that is far harder to play than a lot of others.

“The fact he’s come out the other side now and he’s showing the signs which we were all hopeful of is a really good reward for him.’’