Canberra Raiders sign Knights hooker Tom Starling to train and trial deal

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Canberra Raiders sign Knights hooker Tom Starling to train and trial deal

Post by greeneyed » January 7, 2019, 4:50 pm

Canberra Raiders sign Knights hooker Tom Starling to train and trial deal

The Canberra Raiders have signed former Newcastle hooker Tom Starling on a train-and-trial contract until the end of February.

The Raiders' players in the rehabilitation group returned to pre-season training on Monday, while their internationals will begin testing on Tuesday before the rest of the squad returns on Thursday.

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Post by greeneyed » January 7, 2019, 5:00 pm

Tom Starling (born 4 June 1998) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a hooker. He previously played for the Newcastle Knights in the National Rugby League.

Born in Windsor, New South Wales, Starling played his junior rugby league for the Kincumber Colts, before being signed by the Newcastle Knights.

In June 2015, Starling won the Knights' Carlson Club-Andrew Johns Medal for best under-18s player. In September 2015, he won the S. G. Ball Cup Player of the Year award for best under-18s player. From 2015 to 2017, he played for the Newcastle Knights' National Youth Competition team. In September 2017, he re-signed with the Knights on a 1-year contract until the end of 2018.

In 2018, Starling alternated between the new Jersey Flegg Cup competition and Intrust Super Premiership NSW competition for the Knights. In round 25 of the 2018 NRL season, he made his NRL debut for the Knights against the St. George Illawarra Dragons. He parted ways with the Knights at the end of the season.

Born
4 June 1998 (age 20)
Windsor, New South Wales, Australia
Height
170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight
82 kg (12 st 13 lb)

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Re: Canberra Raiders sign Knights hooker Tom Starling to train and trial deal

Post by RedRaider » January 7, 2019, 5:01 pm

A bit small for a modern day 9. But hopefully he goes ok for us.

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Re: Canberra Raiders sign Knights hooker Tom Starling to train and trial deal

Post by Ronny P » January 7, 2019, 5:18 pm

He goes really well. Tough as and pretty dynamic around the ruck. Specialist 9 though and not a part time half. With Patterson being young he will be a good backup for the top side.


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Post by edwahu » January 7, 2019, 5:23 pm

We obviously need at least 1 more hooker I'm the squad, so I am surprised this is just train and trial with Patterson already on a development deal.

Also do the Knights really think Mann is a first grade hooker? I think they sell the position short.

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Re: Canberra Raiders sign Knights hooker Tom Starling to train and trial deal

Post by greeneyed » January 7, 2019, 5:31 pm

edwahu wrote:
January 7, 2019, 5:23 pm
We obviously need at least 1 more hooker I'm the squad, so I am surprised this is just train and trial with Patterson already on a development deal.

Also do the Knights really think Mann is a first grade hooker? I think they sell the position short.
Agree, we definitely need another hooker. You need three in a squad of 30.
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Re: Canberra Raiders sign Knights hooker Tom Starling to train and trial deal

Post by Raiders666 » January 7, 2019, 5:36 pm

edwahu wrote:
January 7, 2019, 5:23 pm
We obviously need at least 1 more hooker I'm the squad, so I am surprised this is just train and trial with Patterson already on a development deal.

Also do the Knights really think Mann is a first grade hooker? I think they sell the position short.
Who's Patterson?

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Post by Green eyed Mick » January 7, 2019, 5:41 pm

Good opportunity for the youngster.

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Post by edwahu » January 7, 2019, 5:44 pm

Raiders666 wrote:
January 7, 2019, 5:36 pm
edwahu wrote:
January 7, 2019, 5:23 pm
We obviously need at least 1 more hooker I'm the squad, so I am surprised this is just train and trial with Patterson already on a development deal.

Also do the Knights really think Mann is a first grade hooker? I think they sell the position short.
Who's Patterson?
Ex North Queensland under 20s Hooker who played Flegg for us last year. He is on a development deal.

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Re: Canberra Raiders sign Knights hooker Tom Starling to train and trial deal

Post by Raiders666 » January 7, 2019, 6:06 pm

edwahu wrote:
January 7, 2019, 5:44 pm
Raiders666 wrote:
January 7, 2019, 5:36 pm
edwahu wrote:
January 7, 2019, 5:23 pm
We obviously need at least 1 more hooker I'm the squad, so I am surprised this is just train and trial with Patterson already on a development deal.

Also do the Knights really think Mann is a first grade hooker? I think they sell the position short.
Who's Patterson?
Ex North Queensland under 20s Hooker who played Flegg for us last year. He is on a development deal.
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Post by BigPapa » January 7, 2019, 6:16 pm

So happy with this signing glad to see we're looking at improving our 3rd stringers.
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Post by Fuifui Bradbrad » January 7, 2019, 6:19 pm

Get him in front of the Canberra Times as often as possible. He could become our media Starling


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Re: Canberra Raiders sign Knights hooker Tom Starling to train and trial deal

Post by Matt » January 8, 2019, 9:41 am

A cheap 3rd string hooker is the kinda depth we need.

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Re: Canberra Raiders sign Knights hooker Tom Starling to train and trial deal

Post by BadnMean » January 8, 2019, 9:52 am

Yeah ok. He's too small for firsts so rather not have in the top 30.

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Re: Canberra Raiders sign Knights hooker Tom Starling to train and trial deal

Post by -GD- » January 8, 2019, 10:47 am

Hopefully he kills it in reggies and never gets a shot in first grade.

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Post by Brew » January 8, 2019, 11:52 am

Good replacement for Garvey. Can’t wait for the season to start now.


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Re: Canberra Raiders sign Knights hooker Tom Starling to train and trial deal

Post by Johno » January 8, 2019, 10:28 pm

-GD- wrote:
January 8, 2019, 10:47 am
Hopefully he kills it in reggies and never gets a shot in first grade.
I see what you did there

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Re: Canberra Raiders sign Knights hooker Tom Starling to train and trial deal

Post by greeneyed » January 12, 2019, 11:14 am

Starling life-line

Canberra Raiders have thrown a career life-line of sorts to discarded Knights hooker Tom Starling. Starling, who didn’t figure in the Knights’ plans this season despite getting an NRL debut off the bench in the final round against the Dragons last season, had signed with Tweed Heads and was in training with the Queensland Cup side before taking a call from Raiders recruitment guru Peter Mulholland.

The up-shot is the young hooker arrived in the national capital this week on a train and trial basis with a view to the Raiders potentially signing him at the end of it. He has bunked in with former Knights junior halfback Brendan O’Hagan.

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