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Season review - Grant, Fa'Asuamaleaui, Hynes, Eisenhuth, Earl, Walters

Harry Grant

While he only managed six minutes in the purple jersey in round 25, Grant had a phenomenal season for the Sunshine Coast Falcons - he claimed the club's best and fairest award and was named in the Intrust Super Cup team of the year.

Steered the Falcons to a minor premiership with 14 tries, 21 try assists and 100 running metres per game.

The talented young hooker is a ready-made star looming as a potential long-term successor to Cameron Smith.

Tino Fa'asuamaleaui

Made his NRL debut in round 16 and played off the bench in another four games, averaging 20 minutes on the field.

Rock solid in defence, the 197cm powerhouse made 77 tackles across five matches and missed only two.

Earned selection for the Junior Kangaroos squad for both the PM's XIII match against Fiji and the match against France at WIN Stadium in late October.

One to watch in 2020.

Nicho Hynes

A mid-season signing, Hynes was a standout for the Falcons this year and debuted for Melbourne in round 21 when injuries to Ryan Papenhuyzen and Jahrome Hughes left the purple No. 1 jersey vacant.

Hynes has filled roles at fullback, five-eighth and in the centres for the Falcons, runs fearlessly at the line and has the size of a back-rower with all the skills of a half.

Scored six tries, clocked up 21 try assists, 24 line break assists and averaged over 100 running metres for the Falcons.

Will be pushing for more minutes of first-grade football next season.

Tom Eisenhuth

Could mount a compelling case for unluckiest player in the comp - waited over six years to play his second NRL game only to suffer a fractured larynx during his Storm debut in round one.

Given he missed the first 13 rounds of the Intrust Super Cup season, it speaks to his efforts at training and on the field that he earned another three opportunities to play first-grade - starting off the interchange bench in rounds 18, 23 and 24.

Scored two tries for Easts Tigers and averaged over 100 running metres per game.

Sandor Earl

His long awaited Storm debut arrived in round five and he went on to play another five games of first-grade.

Looked more settled in each successive game as he adjusted to NRL pace. Scored two tries for Melbourne and averaged 100 metres a game.

Starred on the wing for the Falcons with 10 tries, two assists and nine line breaks and averaged 130 running metres.

Billy Walters

The versatile playmaker made his NRL debut in round 16, starting at five-eighth to cover for Cam Munster on Origin duties.

His impressive numbers at feeder level (seven tries, nine assists, nine line break assists and 70 tackle breaks) caught the eye of selectors at Wests Tigers and he has signed a two-year deal with the club from the start of the 2020 season.

Acknowledgement of Country

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