After representing NSW at under-18 and under-20 level as well as the prestigious Australian Schoolboys, Jason Saab was destined for a first-grade start.
That is exactly what he achieved in his Round 19 this season, at just 18 years of age, as the St George Illawarra Dragons took on premiership heavyweights South Sydney at ANZ Stadium. Saab scored twice in that match, the first Dragon to do so on debut since 2011, and went on to make two more appearances for the Red V in 2019.
Following such a great start to his first-grade career so far, there is little doubt that we will see plenty more of Jason Saab in 2020 and for years to come in the national competition. From this year’s three-game stint in the NRL, Saab left no stone unturned to come up with three tries, one line-break, four tackle-breaks, three offloads and 258 run metres.
In a crucial off-season of retention at the Dragons with the re-signings of Zac Lomax and Tristan Sailor, Saab is also locked in until at least the end of 2022 in a youthful and vastly skilled squad that is shaping up to take the club well into the future.
To cap off a superb 12 months of achievements for the promising winger, Saab was named as one of 16 Future Blues in Brad Fittler’s 64-man squad of NSW players who attended a two-day camp in December.
Going into next season, the now 19-year-old Saab will be looking to earn his second NSW under-20s cap and add to his handful of NRL starts for St George Illawarra.