"He'll play Origin in the future": Johns

Andrew McEnallay

Newcastle Knights young gun Bradman Best had NSW fans’ tongues wagging in Round Two after some individual brilliance sealed a tightly contested win over the Warriors, including an offload that led to the match-winning try for Hymel Hunt.

The Knights remain undefeated in 2021 and with Best still improving, and star fullback Kalyn Ponga not far away from returning from injury, Newcastle fans have plenty to look forward this season.

After Best’s dominant display, Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues Coach Brad Fittler and True Blue Andrew Johns both praised the future superstar.

“He’s someone you can throw the ball to under pressure when the game is on the line and they can come up with something,” Fittler told Wide World of Sports’ Freddy & The Eighth.

“That’s what they used to do with (Greg) Inglis and (Matt) Gidley, where you go ‘we are out of answers here, let’s throw them the ball and see what they can do.’

“He came up with two winners last week and did the same against the Bulldogs.”

Johns believes Best’s dominant presence will make him a mainstay in the representative arena for many years to come.

“He gets a lot of attention, a lot of defensive eyes which creates room for your backrower, the half can show and go, or kick for the winger,” Johns said.

“You can see where he’s going in the game, I think everyone can see it.

“He’ll play Origin in the future and will play for Australia for the next 10 years.”