One of the most damaging players in the competition and hard
to keep out of the game.
His understanding of the game and when to inject himself is
as good as anyone in the game.
There are very few games in which he doesn’t do something
that rates highly within the supercoach game.
Ryan Papenhuyzen || $508,200 ||
Showed last year he is a real weapon for the Storm and with the go forward of his big men it is hard to keep someone with his speed out of the game. 12 months of experience will put him in a position to have a big 2020.
One of the strongest runners of the ball in the competition,
and with a personality like Fergo’s he won’t sit on the wing and wait for the
game to come to him. This takes the speculation out of how many points he will
receive each game as a result of runs. On top of that, he is up there with the
top finishers in the game.
Jack Bird || $499,800 || CTW
A very talented player with a point to prove. Bird is a strong
ball carrier and the team with more time under there new coach will only be
better. An important factor is having a big pre-season for any player, but with
a history of injuries Bird can hit the ground running on the back of time on
the training field.
Braidon Burns || $454,400 || CTW
The addition of Latrell Mitchell might just give Burns some
more freedom with teams now on the lookout for another big attacking threat. On
the back of this, he will also have the experience of another off-season and
strengthening his body.
Jesse Ramien || $422,000 || CTW
Back home at a club he obviously is comfortable at, he
understands the players around him and how they play, which made for a
successful first stint at the club. He is an athletic centre and has plenty of
Tommy Talau || $208,200 || CTW
Let’s hope the promising young centre gets a start to
provide some valuable coin.
Xavier Coates || $203,500 || CTW
Has the potential to start the season on the end of an
exciting young backline. The experience of Boyd can also speed up his
development and understanding of what it takes to be consistent in the NRL.
Greg Leleisiuao || $171,900 || CTW
Leleisiuao is a damaging runner and looks to be in the frame for a start at the Titans.
Munster is one of the best at breaking a game open and his
combination with Smith and Papenhuyzen will be crucial to the Storm’s season.
He’s now established himself as one of the real leaders
within the team, and he’s still at an age where he can take his game to a new
Smith will still take pressure of his kicking game and can
chime in with his left boot when needed. He’s also an extremely strong
Jarome Luai || $257,400 || HFB-5/8
Luai is playing in a team full of talent and his speed and footwork on the back of this creates the room a young half needs. If playing off the bench he’s still capable of producing big numbers in a small time frame.
Mitchell Moses || $579,300 || HFB
The recruiting of players around Moses will enhance his
running game and speed that causes defensive headaches.
Confidence is a key and he looks to have plenty. He is still
taking on the pressure of a younger spine and will want plenty of touches in
the early rounds.
Billy Walters || $201,000 || HFB-HOK
Walters may even start at hooker for the Tigers following a strong pre-season. His availability at halfback is key to the selection.
A strong runner and clever hooker. The ability of the Panthers
to create speed around the ruck will allow his running game to flourish. Koroisau
also has a good organiser in Cleary, which will allow him to back himself.
Blayke Brailey || $201,000 || HOK
There’s plenty of faith shown in him from coach John Morris,
meaning he’s likely to get big minutes.
Teams will try and make him work big in defence if he is going to be out there for long periods. There’s more upside in his game going into 2020 and also plenty more responsibility from the eason prior.
Fisher-Harris had a monster year in 2019. He has a great work rate for a big man and is as strong as anyone in his carries. The creativity of Api will also help him in growing his game. I think he is growing into a real top line player.
Trent Merrin || $408,000 || 2RF
Merrin shouldn’t be underestimated on his return to the NRL. He had just the one year out of the NRL to tackle the UK Super League, so he’ll be in fine condition for his return. His late footwork at the line and crafty offload for a big bodied player makes him an enormous attacking threat anywhere on the park. Hopefully he gets big minutes at lock for the Dragons.
Zane Musgrove || $201,100 || FRF
Musgrove has had a strong pre-season and should get a decent
run at the Tigers this season.
Stefano Utoikamanu || $171,900 || FRF
The young Eels forward has big wraps around him, let’s hope he gets a run off the bench.
JT speaks for himself, brilliant footwork and takes plenty
to get him down.
The new stadium will be a key with how the surface plays,
but I can imagine it being fast and that will make him harder to contain.
He will also have Holmes hanging off his hip which could lead
to one of the real strike weapons in the NRL.
Viliame Kikau || $543,200 || 2RF
Kikau looked good in the Perth Nines and another year of
consistent NRL will benefit him.
He’s extremely hard to contain when given early ball which
he gets plenty of from Cleary. Offloads and tries will offer big points.
Jaydn Su’A || $303,600 || 2RF
A key strike weapon at the Rabbits. A full pre-season with
his new team will benefit him and allow the team to understand his strengths.
David Fifita || $501,900 || 2RF
An extra 12 months of development will benefit his young
body. He’s a big body with footwork, I also feel Croft will offer him some good
direction, allowing him to narrow his focus on his game which has plenty of
Billy Magoulias || $221,700 || 2RF
The early rounds will show if Cronulla are going to play
around with his skill or not. He could be an early season find if the Sharks
choose to use him to link with his halves or not, which would see him getting
plenty of key touches.
Tom Eisenhuth || $184,900 || 2RF-CTW
Hopefully Eisenhuth jags a spot on the Storm bench,
otherwise he’ll be flicked on once teams are announced.