He is the Cessnock boy bred to ride bulls, which may explain his toughness.
But rather than follow his family’s rodeo path, Brodie Jones decided early on he wanted a sporting career in rugby league.
And talk to Knights insiders about who is next on the production line when it comes to youngsters at the club cracking the big time and most will point to the 20-year-old Goannas junior.
“He’s had a big pre-season,” Knights coach Nathan Brown said of the backrower.
“He’s strong, he’s looked good and if he continues to work hard and develop his game……..we’ll see I guess.”
Significantly, it’s Jones’ third pre-season with the NRL squad which says plenty about his potential.
A former Australian Schoolboy who played NSW Under 16’s and 18’s, he’s had no luck with injuries coming through the system, being hampered by stress fractures and a serious shoulder problem at various stages.
But after getting a taste of NSW Cup action at the back-end of 2017, he played 17 games injury-free in the grade last year despite still being eligible for Jersey Flegg.
Brown thought highly enough of Jones to elevate him into his extended NRL squad in round 23.
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Now, it’s all in front of him.
“Hopefully, I can cement a spot in Cup and get a crack at first grade. They’re my rough goals so I guess we have to see how it goes,” Jones said.
Jones indicated the influx of a number of big-name forwards this season has not been intimidating for the younger guys.
“The vibe that they bring here is all positivity and they are awesome blokes. There is nothing scary about it. They are just so welcoming and teach you so much,” he said.
“There is a lot more depth now but it’s a challenge. It puts the pressure on and that’s what we want.”