After a couple of building-block seasons for Nat Butcher, 2019 saw him establish himself as a first grade footballer in the Roosters squad.
He started the season in the Canterbury Cup, but was called into the NRL squad in Round 4 and would go on to play all but one of the remaining games of the season.
The first try of his NRL career was scored in Round 8 against the Wests Tigers and he would go on to score two more before the season was over.
Butcher became known as an efficient tackler throughout the season, and he even featured on highlight reels with his impressive chase down tackle on Brent Naden in Round 24.
After watching the squad win from the sidelines in 2018, Butcher got his Premiership ring in 2019.
He was called up to the Junior Kangaroos and will make his impact from the interchange bench.
There's still room for improvement, which makes 2020 an exciting year for Nat Butcher as he continues his first grade career with the Sydney Roosters.
PHOTO OF THE YEAR
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Round 14, Roosters v Bulldogs
Key stats: 133 running metres, 48 tackles, 27 post contact metres, 1 try assist, 1 line break
VB Hard Earned Effort: Round 24