We take a look at the game’s ‘Directors of Play’ and rank them, as the boys commence their Pre-Season training before the Christmas break.
Which player will lead their team to glory in the 2019 season?
16 Chanel Harris-Tavita (Warriors)
2018 Stats – Games: N/A | Tries: N/A | Try Assists: N/A | Line Breaks: N/A
Tipped the man to replace Shaun Johnson in 2019. A clever ball player, Chanel was named the club’s 2017 NYC player of the year. His grandfather Ray Harris represented New Zealand Maori and Auckland.
15 Jahrome Hughes (Storm)
2018 Stats – Games: 11 | Tries: 2 | Try Assists: 4 | Line Breaks: 3
We are predicting that Craig Smith is going to be bold next season, with one of his future immortals retiring, he is now forced to lean of his young brigade and we think Hughes will partner Munster in the halves. Bellamy tried different combinations in 2018 trying to replace Cooper Cronk and we think he found his man in Huges – for now.
14 Sam Williams (Raiders)
2018 Stats – Games: 14 | Tries: 1 | Try Assists: 7 | Line Breaks: 5
Clearly not the long-term option for coach Ricky Stuart, but he is certainly the option at No.7 for now. The should injury to Ata Hingano that is expected to keep him out for the first 6-8 weeks of the season, now leaves the familair face of Williams to the Raiders in 2019. We expect Williams will hit the pine once Hingano is healthy and ready to make the No.7 his own again.
13 Lachlan Lewis (Bulldogs)
2018 Stats – Games: 9 | Tries: 1 | Try Assists: 3 | Line Breaks: 3
Nephew of the great Wally Lewis, Lachlan is looking to forge a name for himself and has impressed early in his handful of games he played for the Bulldogs in the latter part of the season. Expected to form partnership with veteran Kieran Foran in 2019, the two have the potential to develop into a deadly combo.
12 Mitchell Moses (Eels)
2018 Stats – Games: 22 | Tries: 4 | Try Assists: 10 | Line Breaks: 6
The un-wanted man – Eels have reportedly tried to off-load Moses with zero clubs willing to take on his salary. With a year to go on his contract and with Parramatta already informing him that they will not be offering him a contract for 2020, Moses will be playing for his NRL future in 2018, which might be a positive for coach Brad Arthur.