He’s the young backrow star that got away from the Melbourne Storm.
And the next couple of seasons will determine just how big their recruitment blunder.
What Beau Fermor 20, achieved in just his first season at the Knights in 2018 suggests the Storm may already be ruing the decision not to make him a must-keep commodity at the end of 2017.
The Dalby-born Queenslander, who grew up dreaming of playing for the Maroons, spent two years in the Storm junior system before “taking a risk” and joining the Knights after player list manager Troy Pezet offered him a greater opportunity.
“I had two years with the Storm Under 20’s and had an offer to stay at the Falcons [Storm’s Queensland Cup feeder team] but I just thought moving further away from home and taking a risk to come down here might do me good and it seems to have paid off so far,” he said.
“The Knights offered me more of an opportunity than what Melbourne were willing to give me so I thought for my career, it was the best option to take.”
In his first season with the Knights, Fermor took home the NSWRL and the club’s Jersey Flegg player of the year awards and played for Queensland Under 20’s in their Origin win over NSW, the first representative side he had ever played in at state level.
Now he finds himself training fulltime with the NRL squad as one of three Knights players awarded an NRL development contract with the chance later in the year to make his top grade debut.
“You get a bit star-struck at times running into guys like Aidan Guerra who I watched playing for the Maroons but the players and club have been great,” he said.
“I love it here – I love what the club is about.”