With it new players every new season brings and to the 2019 match these are the young guns you should keep an eye on in the lead-up.
To light up the 2019 Telstra Premiership season they are the future superstars tipped.
Experience with a record amount – lost last season to retirement think Johnathan Thurston, Billy Slater, Luke Lewis, Simon Mannering and Sam Thaiday among others and for the next generation to make their mark there is no better time.
The year winner Jamayne Isaako, goal-kicking wizard Rhyse Martin and Titans sensation AJ Brimson Last year’s crop of newcomers included eventual rookie.
- Scott Drinkwater – Melbourne Storm
Start in Round 1Scott Drinkwater is not expected, but on this list he is arguably the most exciting prospect. In which he was named fullback of the year Drinkwater is coming off a spectacular QLD Cup season and posted statistics that fantasy players would drool over.
In addition to averages of 133 metres In 22 games Drinkwater had 17 tries, 24 try assists and 22 linebreak assists and seven tackle busts per game. In Round 25He also made his NRL debut, for 146 metres scoring a try and running.
To start at fullback for the Storm Jahrome Hughes is the frontrunner, but for Drinkwater at some point Craig Bellamy will find a place. His opportunity when he eventually gets, it with both hands expect Drinkwater to take.
In Melbourne colours after spending 2018 A former Wests Tigers junior, Ryan Papenhuyzen will enter his second season with feeder team Sunshine Falcons.
- Zac Lomax – St George Illawarra Dragons
A near-certain starter for the Dragons in Round 1 following the departures of Nene MacDonald, Jason Nightingale and Reuben Garrick, Zac Lomax appears. Locked up, both Wings are largely vacant while Tim Lafai and Euan Aitken have the centre positions. While Lomax takes the other Jordan Pereira will likely claim one spot.
Lomax as ‘the gifted one’ blues coach Brad Fittler has labelled. For a victorious NSW under-18s side under Fittler in 2017 Lomax was impressive. Moreover, two regular season NRL sports just despite under his belt and in the Dragons’ finals tournaments Paul McGregor showed confidence in the youngster by playing him.
A versatile backline player is Lomax and last season having logged games at both centre and wing in the NSW Cup. Start on the wing Although he is expected to, if injuries strike don’t be surprised if he ends up at centre or fullback by season’s.
- Bronson Xerri – Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Rookie centre Bronson Xerri last season Sharks coach Shane Flanagan said he wanted to play. 18 yet unfortunately Xerri hadn’t turned. For the Newton Jets back in June he scored a hat-trick on debut and for the victorious Sharks Jersey Flegg side was a standout.
Edrick Lee, all left the Sharks have Ricky Leutele and Jesse Ramien. Into the left centre position Josh Morris is the only notable signing and should slot and leaving Josh Dugan on the right. Start at left wing Sosaia Feki will likely, but the right wing position is wide open.
Final backline position in Round 1 Xerri will be competing with Sione Katoa and Aaron Gray to secure. Xerri is only one injury or suspension away from making his NRL debut even if he is unsuccessful.
- Chanel Harris-Tavita – New Zealand Warriors
A Warrior Shaun Johnson is no longer and meaning for the taking the halfback jersey is there. For Newcastle Johnson’s previous understudy, Mason Lino, has also left the team. Furthermore, Peta Hiku, Tohu Harris or Roger Tuivasa-Sheck moving into the halves coach Stephen Kearney has shot down talk.
Rookies Kearney as the frontrunners for this position Chanel Harris-Tavita and Hayze Perham have been nominated. All of last season at Fullback in NSW Cup Harris-Tavita looms as the more likely starter in Round 1 given Perham played. For the Junior Kiwis impressive the Chanel and try assist for the highlight reel producing a remarkable ‘scorpion kick”.
- Dylan Brown – Parramatta Eels
First grade yet Dylan Brown have not played a sport but that an off-season transfer target didn’t stop him from being. From the Warriors following Shaun Johnson’s departure and a six-year the media reported that they were set to offer him, multimillion-dollar deal. With speculation that the Eels issued a ‘hands off’ warning this never transpired.
With the Eels first-grade squad Brown is currently training and occasionally lining up with Corey Norman or Mitchell Moses in opposed sessions. Last season after debuting in Round 19 he impressed in New South Wales Cup, with his greatest asset his running game being.
This season if injury were to strike, Brown may well make his first-grade debut. Shopping Mitchell Moses around Parramatta is also reportedly and for 2019 although at this stage he appears to be staying.
- Albert Hopoate – Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
The off-season Brian Kelly has lost the Sea Eagles, Akuila Uate and Matt Wright over. Furthermore and following an assault charge Dylan Walker was recently stood down from training.
The only established first graders in the centre and wing positions this leaves Jorge Taufua, Brad Parker and Moses Suli. First graders would be a stretch In fact calling Parker and Suli established. A new coach with the arrival and their positions are far from secure.
Themselves in the Manly three-quarter line the opportunity is there for new players to establish. For a spot with signings Reuben Garrick and Brendan Elliott Rookies Albert Hopoate and Tevita Funa will likely be contending.