Look out for new tal­ent time

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT - JAMES PHELPS

FIVE fu­ture stars were thrust into a spec­tac­u­lar sea­son for NRL rook­ies.

Fea­tur­ing the NRL’s top tryscorer and a NSW State of Ori­gin de­stroyer, here are the con­tenders for the Dally M rookie of the year.

PAYNE HAAS De­spite mak­ing his de­but in 2018, Haas is still el­i­gi­ble to be league’s great­est new blood.

The Bron­cos big man stormed on to the State of Ori­gin scene for the Blues this year. The 19- year- old was se­lected to play for NSW af­ter just 10 NRL games and helped se­cure a fa­mous se­ries win.

MAIKA SIVO Signed on a min­i­mum wage deal from Pen­rith, Sivo stormed the NRL to be­come the sea­son’s top try scorer.

A fly­ing Fi­jian with a sledge ham­mer fend, the 25- year- old be­came ar­guably the Eels’ most pop­u­lar player.

Sivo’s finest mo­ment came when he scored a hat- trick against the Sea Ea­gles to take his sea­son try to­tal to 20.

BRON­SON XERRI At just 18, Xerri be­came an in­stant sen­sa­tion when he burned down the flank to show his stun­ning speed in his NRL de­but.

The Cronulla ju­nior has since es­tab­lished him­self as one of the fastest men in rugby league and a gen­uine ri­val for Josh Addo- Carr and James Roberts. His left foot step is dy­na­mite.

BRI­TON NIKORA Fel­low Shark Nikora be­came a New Zealand Test player in his first sea­son.

With size, foot­work and speed, the 21- year- old is the pro­to­type for the new wave of edge for­wards.

RYAN PAPEN­HUYZEN This 21- year- old flyer came from nowhere to be­come the heir ap­par­ent for Billy Slater at the Mel­bourne Storm.

With blis­ter­ing speed and a knack for the sen­sa­tional, Craig Bel­lamy dropped start­ing half­back Brody Croft to make way for Papen­huyzen in a bold reshuf­fle.

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