Dominic Young had barely made the grade at Huddersfield Giants before he made his way to the NRL with the Newcastle Knights.
Now 20, the towering winger winger scored four tries in six NRL games during an impressive first season with the Knights in 2021.
Young is one of just a few British players that have decided to try and make it Down Under before becoming seasoned Super League players, but he has since revealed that more young starlets will make the move.
“I know a lot of players come out when they are more established, but I thought: ‘why not me?’ I really wanted that challenge,” Young told AAP.
“I think the clubs over here are looking more at British lads. I think it’s on a lot of the younger guys’ radar now.”
“I’ve got a couple of mates who have asked me about it and I would never have thought I would play in the NRL at 19,” Young said.
“I definitely think I’m further on in my development for coming out here.
“You can always go back to England. I reckon the best thing to do is throw yourself in at the deep end and get the best out of yourself.
“I’d advise anyone to take a leap of faith, if you don’t come out you’ll be left thinking ‘what if?’.”
After a teasing taster of top-flight action for the Knights in 2021, the former Huddersfield Giant wants to become an established star.
“I had a chat with Adam last year and I told him how much I’d learned,” Young continued.
“But I want to get out of the mindset of ‘I’ve just got here and I’m learning’.
“I’ve had a really good pre-season and have felt the best I’ve ever felt.
“Hopefully I can get a spot for round one – that’s my aim.”