Hyde short of Rookie prize

TOP THREE: Macquarie Scorpions hooker Chris Hyde in action for the Newcastle Rugby League club. Hyde was consistently one of the best players on the NRL Rookie.MACQUARIE hooker Chris Hyde was disappointed not to go all the way after his “wild ride” ended at the first hurdle of the NRL Rookie final on Tuesday night.
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The 28-year-old defied the odds to make it to the final three of the new TV reality showon Channel Nine but was the first player cut when NRL club representativesvoted at the live finale.

Lou Goodwin, from the Mounties club in Sydney,went onto becomethe first NRL Rookie winnerahead of Jordan Martin.

As the winner,Goodwin had his pick of the NRL clubs to join ona $50,000 second-tier contract. He selectedtheCanberra Raidersand will train with them in the2017 pre-season.

Hyde, who hails from Woy Woy on the Central Coast, was one of the oldest competitors on the show.

He was clearly disappointed when cut on Tuesday night.

“I’m pretty gutted I didn’t go all the way but it was a wild ride and I met some great blokes along the way,” Hyde said.

Hyde filmed the show in lockdown in Sydney from July to October last year, missing the Scorpions’ run to the Newcastle Rugby League grand final.

The 2014 Newcastle Rugby League player of the year has been on the fringes of the National Rugby League since playing in the Jersey Flegg under-20 competition for South Sydney 10 years ago.

Hyde has had stints with the Melbourne Storm’s feeder team on the Central Coast and played NSW Cup for North Sydney and the Knights, howeverserious injuries have stalled his career at the higher levels.

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