Ex-Huddersfield Giants and Newcastle Knights flyer Dominic Young reveals the Grand Final-winning club he almost joined

Moving to the other side of the world to pursue your passion is one of the most difficult decisions a person can make.

But, to do it as a teenager is even more incredible.

Well, that’s something that former Huddersfield Giants winger Dominic Young faced when he upped sticks and joined the Newcastle Knights ahead of the 2021 NRL season.

As a teenager, Young had impressed at national level for the youth teams, but made just two appearances for the Giants’ first-team before swapping West Yorkshire for Newcastle.

However, the 20-year-old has revealed that he almost joined another team instead.

“I was about 15 or 16 when I first got a message from an NRL team – it was the (Melbourne) Storm,” Young told the Knights HQ podcast.

I played in the England rugby league under-16 game against France and I got a message out of the blue.

“It was definitely a big possibility. I was meant to go over there to a pre-season camp but I got injured and had to have surgery, so after that I felt like I needed another year playing in back home and being comfortable.

“There was a point where I nearly went early. It was pretty crazy.”

Young has revealed just how surreal it was to be given a message on social media out of nowhere by top NRL clubs.

“I played in the Origin equivalent in the UK and they saw that. I didn’t have an agent so when these clubs are reaching out I’m getting a message off social media from the club. When you’re young you don’t think about how it would come about.

“My dad was great about that in the start, he represented me.

“The decision was easy to make because you’re still sat at home and it doesn’t sink in until you realise you are actually moving and saying goodbye to your family.

“It’s probably one of the best decisions I’ve made. It gets difficult, I miss my family but. it gets easier with time. I obviously still speak with them.”

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