JH was the difference for BBC in a few games in attack and pulls off the odd big defensive hit. However, I watched the League test and it was probably a good thing that the commentators had the second row numbers mixed up. He is a good tackler when he sticks but not a good defender. Let him grow into that. Maybe we won't see him playing in the Storm forwards for a while because they only have hard working defenders and he is more of a flashy outside back. Happy to be proven wrong because he is only a youngster. What a talent though and good on him for staying another year at the College. Hope they can go one better in 2020.
Spot on in every respect.
At this stage of his development he’s far and away the best physical specimen / athlete in the competition hands down , and I would dare say , in the top half a dozen across both codes at Schoolboy Level.
But this physical dominance against weaker competition masks , and can inhibit , the development of young players like this as they are coming through - especially if they have fan boy Coaches that don’t demand anything of them in terms of playing properly and insisting that they develop fundamental skill and game nous. It still is a 15 man ( or 13 man ) game
Some of these uber young athletes never understand this and fall foul to the Al Bundy syndrome.
I don’t believe this will ultimately be the case with this young fella - I expect a long and successful career in the NRL because he is made of the right stuff (upstairs) to ultimately do what he needs to do whenever he has the opportunity to be Coached properly (and professionally)
In his case - outside of another year with mates (and in a more general sense without it being limited to mates in school sport) I reckon the right move was to go at the end of last season and get away from the hangers on. There is nothing , developmentally , for him to be gained in another GPS season.