One of the true breakout stars across the NRL, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad was an absolute sensation at fullback as he quickly became a fan favourite.

With Jack Wighton moving to the halves, Nicoll-Klokstad - with seven previous NRL matches to his name - was seen as the solution at fullback by his former coach and now Raiders assistant, Andrew McFadden.

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Despite not having long with his new teammates, the then 23 year old started the season in fine form and opened his try scoring account with two tries against Newcastle in Round 3.

Safe under the high ball and explosive while running the football, Nicoll-Klokstad led the NRL when it came to kick return metres, with 1,786 to his name.

He also had the fourth most tackle breaks in the competition with 109 across the season.

One of his most impressive games across the season came in Round 12 against the Bulldogs as the former New Zealand Warrior, had 296 running metres and made six tackles, including a last minute match winning try saver.

The fullback continued to go from strength to strength throughout the season as he continued to make his job look easy.

The second half of the season saw Nicoll-Klokstad add elements to his game as his ball playing ability came to the fore and he duly claimed three try assists.

With finals looming, he was rewarded for an outstanding 2019 with a contract extension until the end of 2023.

Nicoll-Klokstad continued to impress through the finals series and was particular impressive during the Grand Final as he ran for 237 metres.

The 24 year old was rewarded for a fine season with a call up to the Kiwis Test squad and duly scored a try on debut against the Australian Kangaroos.

He continued to shine in the centres for the Kiwis as they claimed a 2-0 series win against the Great Britain Lions.