Jackson Ferris sent the Newtown Jets faithful into overdrive when he scored the match-winning try in the 2019 NRL State Championship and it's culminated into a brilliant individual effort in his NRL debut for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks on Friday night.
Ferris capped a remarkable campaign for the Jets last season when he latched onto a Billy Magoulias kick in the dying stages of the NRL State Championship to claim an enthralling 20-16 victory over Burleigh Bears.
It was carbon-copy play that was orchestrated by Magoulias just one week earlier – kicking for a flying Tyrone Phillips before he found fullback William Kennedy on the inside for the Grand Final-winning try against Wentworthville Magpies.
Fast track to Round 12 of the 2020 NRL season and Ferris joined Braydon Trindall as two new Sharks debutants after they had been decimated by injury in weeks prior.
He enjoyed a stellar first-grade debut after recording one try, two line-breaks, and 114m, before his night was cruelly cut short when he sustained an MCL sprain in the 66th minute.
Although it was a disappointing end to a special occasion for Ferris, his impressive performance suggests he will play an integral role for the Sharks in their search for a finals berth in 2020.