When Josh Hodgson ruptured his ACL against the Melbourne Storm, Ricky Stuart was immediately asked whether he was looking to recruit a new hooker.
The head coach didn’t hesitate in his response.
“Tommy Starling is our backup hooker,” Stuart said at the time. “We have a lot of faith in Tommy. He hasn’t played a lot of first grade because of the boys in front of him but Tom will come into the mix now.”