THEY are the last line of defence. The custodians of their clubs. And NRL fullbacks can single-handedly shape the premiership fortunes of their sides.
So was the best in 2018?
16 Lachlan Coote (Cowboys)
Games: 9 | Tries: 2 | Try Assists: 2 | 3 Line Breaks
After winning a premiership in 2015, off-contract Coote is receiving no love from rival NRL clubs as Super League seems to be his likely future. In and out of the side all season, the Cowboys have informed him he is not a required player for next season with Ben Barba set to take the No.1 jersey.
15 Michael Gordon (Titans)
Games: 20 | Tries: 4 | Try Assists: 3 | 8 Line Breaks
Forced to move north to make way for James Tedesco at the Roosters. It would seem that father time however has caught up with Gordon, as he has failed to replicate what he produced at the Roosters and help turn the Titans’ fortunes around.
14 Bevan French (Eeels)
Games: 18 | Tries: 7 | Try Assists: 3 | 5 Line Breaks
Staggering first season with 19 tries in 13 games but has struggled to do much since and it would seem Brad Arthur’s patience has run out with French, sending him back to reserve grade this season. It’s understood the Eels have told Bevan he is even free to look for a new home for next season, how quickly things can change in rugby league.
13 Jack Wighton (Raiders)
Games: 13 | Tries: 3 | Try Assists: 8 | 3 Line Breaks
There are still questions over whether Wighton – a regular centre – is a genuine fullback, but there has been some growth in his ball-playing ability. Wighton forced to miss the second half of the year with an NRL-imposed suspension for his assault charge.
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