Sunday 17 December 2017 / 02:50 PM

SIX UP THE MIDDLE: ROUND 1 BREAKOUT STARS

Round 1 has come and gone and there were plenty of youngsters who showed they were ready to make a mark on the NRL.

Josh Addo-Carr (Melbourne)

Addo-Carr made the shift from the Wests Tigers to the Storm and it has clearly reaped rewards over the offseason with the flyer now bigger and stronger. In his Melbourne debut – a dour and rugged game – Addo-Carr was the most dangerous player on the paddock with two line breaks and 204 metres. He could become the top winger in the competition.

Mitch Barnett (Newcastle)

Barnett transferred from the Raiders to the Knights midseason in 2016 and showed glimpses of his potential, but a full offseason with the club has worked a treat. A hard worker with plenty of mongrel, most impressive in the close loss to the Warriors was the back-rower’s deft touch – including a kick-and-regather to set up a Knights try.

Ata Hingano (Warriors)

The Warriors faithful should be incredibly excited about young half Ata Hingano, who was sublime in just his third first grade game. Surrounded by classy playmakers and with the shadow of Kieran Foran looming large, Hingano had some beautiful touches while not overplaying his hand. He has the head on him to be a long-term No.6 for the Warriors.

Moses Suli (Wests Tigers)

The million-dollar kid certainly lived up to his billing in a stellar debut that netted a try and two assists. He looked safe under the high ball and was a damaging runner. When he grows into himself he could be anything.

Nick Cotric (Canberra)

The Raiders have uncovered a livewire in young Cotric, who has slotted straight into the top grade following the departure of Edrick Lee. Cotric looked a seasoned campaigner in his debut against the Cowboys, clearly outpointing his opposite Kyle Feldt.

Brian Kelly (Manly)

The Manly three-quarter was offered only limited opportunities but made the most of them with a strong try on debut. He looks to have plenty of speed but more notable was his elusiveness. He will get plenty of chances in a Manly backline lacking in class.

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Nick Tedeschi

You will not find a more passionate rugby league man than Nick, whose Making The Nut column has garnered a huge cult following over the last decade. The Sydney-based raconteur co-authored The Book of NRL Lists with CBS stablemate WILL EVANS in 2014 and has penned several other books; he joined the CBS team with his weekly Six Up The Middle feature in 2016.

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