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Rookie Review: Toby Sexton

With the 2020 Intrust Super Cup competition cancelled due to COVID-19, Toby Sexton essentially spent a year without footy.

After excelling at the schoolboy level, the young halfback had to learn his craft while training with the NRL squad.

Fast forward twelve months and he's not only made his Intrust Super Cup debut, but he has shone on the NRL stage.

The 20-year-old played four NRL games in his debut season and impressed in his time in the number seven jersey.

A finger injury to co-captain Jamal Fogarty gave Sexton his chance and after a strong run of form with the Tweed Seagulls, he was elevated into the NRL squad.

Sexton made his debut against the Dragons in round 19, with the Gold Coast product able to play in front of family and friends when the away game was moved to Cbus Super Stadium.

"It was a bit of a blur thinking about it now, we did video before and I honestly can't remember much from the game," Sexton said.

"For it to happen the way it did, to get the win and to score a try in front of all of my family and friends it was unreal."

The former Palm Beach Currumbin State High School product made his way through the Titans Junior System before graduating into the top grade, highlighting the pathway for young players on the Coast.

Sexton also notched wins against the Bulldogs and Cowboys, before a tough test against the experienced halves pairing of South Sydney.

Across his four games Sexton's stats included:  230 average kick metres per game, 80% goal kicking accuracy, two try assists, one try and three forced drop-outs.

Sexton will join the Tweed Seagulls for their Intrust Super Cup finals campaign as he looks go gain further experience, before returning to the Titans for pre-season training in November.