It's the burning question every Newcastle Knights fan will want answered during the build up to the 2020 NRL season.
Who will coach Adam O'Brien turn to as Mitchell Pearce's halves partner for the season opener against the Warriors in March?
But despite being already identified by the coach as one of the leading contenders for the contentious role along with utility Kurt Mann, youngster Phoenix Crossland refuses to get ahead of himself just two days into pre-season training.
"Of course it's a goal of mine, for sure," Crossland told the Newcastle Herald yesterday.
"But right now, if I'm honest, getting the number six jersey for round one, it's probably the furthest thing from my mind. There are a whole heap of little goals I need to tick off first before I can even allow myself to think about that."
The biggest of those is working himself back to full fitness after a stress fracture in his heel ended his 2019 season prematurely a few months ago.
He didn't need surgery but his rehab since suffering the injury has been pretty constant over the off-season.
While his teammates enjoyed an eight week off-season break, Crossland restricted himself to a week back in his birthplace, New Zealand.
"I got away to New Zealand for a week and that was about all I gave myself," he said. "I've had to come in for most of the off-season because of my ankle and chip away at that.
"But in some ways, it was probably a bit of a blessing in disguise knowing the pre-season was going to be really hard. I was able to sort of come in and rehab and keep plugging away at my fitness and do some kicking and passing and all that sort of stuff to get myself ready for the start of training."
While he is feeling good and reckons he could run 10 kms right now if he had to, his loads are being monitored closely because of the nature of the injury.
It meant that while the rest of the squad was forced to endure two 1.5 km time trials on the first day back at training on Wednesday, he was restricted to a session on the bike.
"It's been about doing things right and easing my way back in a little but I'm doing most of it," he said.
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Crossland 19, was given his first fulltime pre-season under former coach Nathan Brown last year but says training has intensified.
"We are only a couple of days in but it's been pretty tough so far but it's been good," he said.
"I think the word was before we came back it would be tough but it's probably a bit harder than expected. Every pre-season is hard but I think this one might have another level to it."
O'Brien's praise for Crossland comes after just a debut 12 minute cameo in the top grade off the bench against the Bulldogs late last season and some glimpses of him on the training paddock.
The coach likes his physique and the strength of his kicking game which has the potential to take the pressure off Pearce, who did the bulk of general play kicking last season.
Asked about being singled out along with Mann and the club's other utility Connor Watson, Crossland said: "That's obviously a good thing to hear but obviously like everyone, I've got to keep trying to impress.
"I've still got a heap to learn and plenty of parts of my game I need to work on and improve. That's the priority. That's what I'll be aiming to do."