Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Players such as Nathan Cleary and Mitchell Moses have received plenty of credit for their great form thus far in 2020 and rightly so.
One halfback who has flown under the radar though is young Kyle Flanagan from the Roosters.
In 2017, Flanagan put his name on the map by breaking the Holden Cup’s season point scoring record with 20 tries and 140 goals.
He would play eight games for Cronulla in 2019 and was solid, but just couldn’t replicate his Holden Cup form.
This year he made the switch to the two time defending premiers the Sydney Roosters, with the lofty expectations of replacing Cooper Cronk.
In the pre-season many believed he would fail to live up to the hype, although to this point he certainly has.
So far in 2020 Flanagan is stuffing the stat sheet in all the places a quality halfback should, with five try assists and four line break assists so for this season.
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He is also the first player to reach 100 points for the season through his four tries and 43 goals for the year totalling 102 points.
Flanagan’s main role may be to steer his side around the park in attack but defensively he has been sound too, making 246 tackles so far in 2020 with an efficiency rate of 84.6%.
If the 21-year-old can continue to display the form he is, it won’t be long before he is challenging the likes of Cleary and Moses for the New South Wales halfback position.
For the time being though his focus turns to next Thursday as the Roosters take on the Raiders in a blockbuster Grand Final rematch.