PARRAMATTA EELS - TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS V PARRAMATTA EELS -  PHOTO: SCOTT DAVIS - SMP IMAGES/QRL MEDIA - 15th May 2016 - Images from the National Final of the Cyril Connell Cup

To kick off 2017, we take a look at some of the up-and-coming male and female stars who will hope to represent NSW this year and in the future. Today we look at a young fullback already making waves at Parramatta: John Paul Nohra.

With two standout games on the big stage in 2016, many Parramatta Eels fans are already hoping the club can hold on to fullback John Paul Nohra.

Nohra’s name repeatedly popped up throughout the last Harold Matthews season, as the Eels went undefeated to win the minor premiership and major title. A skilful custodian, he combined well with hooker and captain Kyle Schneider, with the latter judged best on ground in the season’s decider. A week later it was Nohra’s turn to be man of the match, helping Parramatta to a 32-0 thrashing of the Townsville Blackhawks in the Under-16 National Junior Final. The pair would subsequently be selected for the NSW Under-16 side.

The first State of Origin curtain-raiser was a defensively oriented affair, but Nohra was again outstanding as his state defeated Queensland 12-10. It boosted the youngster’s status as another exciting up-and-comer in the NSWRL Pathways system. Onto the SG Ball competition in 2017, it is another step for a player with obvious potential.