It’s been quite the year for Dom Young.
After really establishing himself as one of the most talented young wingers in the NRL, he was called up to Shaun Wane’s England squad for the World Cup.
Battling with Ryan Hall and Tommy Makinson on the wings, Young has nailed down a starting spot in some style.
He has proved himself near indispensable, scoring eight tries in his four appearances thus far, showcasing all his incredible speed, power and agility in the process.
Such is his rising stock in the sport, Young has recently spoken to the prestigious GQ Magazine about his meteoric rise that has seen him fast-tracked into the England side.
“I didn’t really know what to expect when I was coming into England training, but the intensity in the sessions here is really high,” said Young.
“The training’s been tough; I wasn’t expecting it to be as tough or as high quality.
“I’ve been blown away by how good the players are that I’ve been playing with. I don’t have too much experience playing with them – I’ve only seen them on TV.
“Everyone in the team, even if they’re not playing, could easily fit in and you wouldn’t notice. It’s a really competitive squad and a really high level of training.”
Another topic addressed during the interview was what the future held for him after the dust of the World Cup had settled.
The Newcastle winger is currently on the NRL’s open market with his contract set to expire at the end of the 2023 season, allowing him to speak to other clubs about a contract for 2024 and beyond.
Young remained coy on his long-term future but did confirm he was going back down under to link up with the Knights again following the conclusion of the World Cup.
“I’ve got another year in Newcastle, so I’ll go back there and try and achieve something special,” said Young.
“That’s why we all play the game, you want to be on that big stage, so we’ve got a really big year ahead at Newcastle.
“It’s pretty exciting. We’ve got a couple of new squad members so it’ll be pretty interesting to see how we go. I think they’ve already started preseason training, which I’m not too mad about.
“So, definitely back to Newcastle, and hopefully we can make the finals this year and kick on from there.”