Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett snaffled one of the most exciting talents in the game last year, convincing 16-year-old boy-giant Payne Haas to sign with the club.
Yet another product of the Keebra Park High nursery that has given the NRL the likes of Benji Marshall and Ben Te’o, Haas has all the makings of becoming one of the code’s most destructive forwards.
Haas’ Keebra Park High team went down 26-24 to Westfields Sports in the GIO Schoolboys Cup final last season, with Haas scoring a try, before featuring in the Australian Schoolboys line-up that put 50 points on the touring England Academy side in consecutive matches.
Haas had been earmarked for an Under-20s debut for the Broncos in 2017.
Watch these highlights of the young behemoth destroying his high school opponents, and say a little prayer for defenders that will have to try and handle him in the coming seasons when he dons the maroon and gold jumper.
“(Bennett) spoke from his heart to me and there felt like a real connection there,’’ Haas told The Gold Coast Bulletin in September.
“There’s a connection to Wayne and I can talk to him, so it was good stuff from him.
“(That’s when I knew) this is the right club for me and development-wise, it’s the best there, especially learning from that kind of person, it’s crazy for me to learn off (Bennett).’’