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20 stars for 2021 | Josh Schuster

Josh Schuster made his highly anticipated debut for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles this year against the Wests Tigers at Lottoland.

Legendary five-eighth Benji Marshall was his opposite number in the game and declared it the best debut he’s seen from a young kid in his time, ever.

He’s been a mainstay in the NSWRL Pathways program for a number of years having played for NSW in both the U16 and U18 age groups. Schuster was named the 2019 UNE SG Ball player of the year and steered the Sea Eagles all the way to the Grand Final.

Schuster partnered Daly Cherry-Evans in the halves in his NRL debut and the Sea Eagles would surely view him as their long-term No.6 despite the recent signing of Kieran Foran.

When the Foran signing was announced, Peter Sterling urged Schuster on WWOS that he should stay at the club and learn from the experienced five-eighth rather than look elsewhere.

It’s an education,” Sterling said.

“If the young man is good enough, he will make his way into a starting spot and permanent spot.

“But until that happens, Kieran Foran, watching him go about the way he trains, the way he prepares and the way he plays is an education and that’s invaluable.”