Skillful halfback Jonah Pezet excelled in every Rugby League arena he set foot in this year and will no doubt build on that in 2020.
The Wyong Roos junior led the way for the Newcastle Knights Harold Matthews side to dominate throughout the regular season as they finished minor premiers at the end of the nine rounds.
The same side also brought the Harold Matthews trophy home for the second time in three years with an impressive 28-8 win over the Canterbury Bulldogs in the Grand Final, where Pezet booted four out of five conversions.
They started the Grand Final with plenty of intent after Pezet set up the opening try, picking up Oryn Keeley on an angled run to barge his way past the defence and score.
Following his stellar season, Pezet was chosen in the Harold Matthews Representative side to play the NSW Country Under-16’s Representative side – a match that was the curtain raiser to the Penrith Panthers v New Zealand Warriors NRL match.
The Harold Matts team shone on the big stage and 25 minutes into the match they were gaining metres and looking strong through the middle. Pezet throws a bullet like cut out pass to his winger Turoa Williams who looks as though he going to pass but keeps going and plants the ball down in the corner.
From the game against NSW Country, Pezet was chosen to play in the NSW Under-16’s v Pasifika game in June. Pezet absolutely excelled, having a hand in five tries with his flawless kicking and passing game to help his team to a 36-6 victory.
The youngster was also named as one of 16 Future Blues that participated in a two-day camp in preparation for Origin next year at the NSWRL Centre of Excellence in December. At the camp, he was guided by the likes of Andrew Johns and Brad Fittler alongside two of his fellow Knights in Bradman Best and Mitch Black.
If Pezet continues his impressive form into the future, we might just see the next Mitchell Pearce donning the number seven jersey for Newcastle.