Lakes’ Luke Huth and Souths’ Lachlan Walmsley are two Newcastle players squarely in the sights of the Knights according to Troy Pezet.
The club’s elite pathways recruitment manager said former Knights juniors Huth and Walmsley have recently been called up to train with the NRL under-20 squad to prepare for next pre-season.
This weekend marks the second “futures round” for Newcastle Rugby League in 2017 with man-of-the-match recipients from all eight district under-19 teams invited to trial with the Knights under 20s in October.
“It’s just about creating a genuine pathway for all the local kids to get through and play for the Knights,” Pezet said.
“It’s a good initiative from the Newcastle Rugby League to further that involvement by having this futures round.”
The four age group matches will kick-off before first grade at 1:45pm.
* PART of Wednesday’s “future round” promotion was Lakes under-19 fullback Aaron McGrady, the nephew of former Canterbury Bulldogs player and 1991 Rothmans Medal winner Ewan McGrady.
Aaron moved to Belmont from Moree aged seven.
* DUBBO CYM’S halfback Alex Bonham racked up an incredible personal tally of 64 on the weekend with eight tries and 16 goals but respected rugby league statistician David Middleton reckons it sits behind an effort of 61 closer to home when points were less weighted.
“Score of 64 likely a record but achievement of Alf Fairhall for North Newcastle in 1940: 11 tries, 14 goals arguably more impressive,” Middleton posted on Twitter.