Rugby League: Luke Huth makes Lakes first grade debut, Australian Schoolboys squad and Newcastle Knights 20s in whirlwind period

Singing and car troubles have been the main concerns for Luke Huth during an incredible period.

Not making his first grade debut for Lakes, not being picked for the Australian Schoolboys squad and not getting the call up to play under 20s for the Newcastle Knights.

Instead, with everything exceeding expectations on the field, the worries for the 17-year-old rugby league player have come off the field.

“When you debut [for Knights 20s] you have to sing a song in front of everyone at training,” Huth said.

“All the boys form a circle and egg you on. I was dumbfounded and went bright red. I didn’t know what to sing. So I sang The Gambler. I just wanted to try and keep it simple.”

It followed on from a training camp in Sydney ahead of the recent national championships and the year 12 student at Hunter Sports High School was forced to drop his struggling Subaru Outback into a nearby mechanic before finding a place to stay rather than commuting back to Minmi.

“It was a bit stressful driving down because my car was playing up and giving me a bit of grief,” Huth said.

“I found a mechanic and dad found me a little hotel to stay in so I didn’t have to travel as much. I didn’t see that coming. A spanner in the works.”

Huth’s still coming to terms with the accolades, and uniforms, he’s notched up in such a short timeframe. 

“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind,” he said.

“I’m still trying to wrap my head around what has been a crazy month. I’m all over the shop with jerseys.”

It kicked off with a phone call from outgoing Lakes coach Dean Noonan, who needed the young hooker to wear the No.9 jersey vacated by then-injured skipper Chris Adams away against Kurri in round eight.

“I didn’t really expect it, but I was keen to get out there and loved it,” Huth said.

After a couple of appearances it was followed by a gold medal and Australian Schoolboys selection at St Marys late last month.

“To wear that green jersey, holding it and standing out there in front of everyone was a pretty special moment for me,” he said.

Then all of a sudden Huth found himself in the NRL club’s red and blue colours and playing back-to-back weekends, including Sunday, at the Knights home ground for the first time since juniors with the Glendale Gorillas.

“It was awesome playing there,” he said. “I came off the bench in the second half both times and hopefully I can keep playing well.”

Huth’s set to tour New Zealand with the Australian Schoolboys in September, which falls in the midst of semi-finals for both Lakes and the Knights. HSC exams follow in October.


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