NRL clubs are back in pre season training and there are a host of rookies looking to impress in the hopes of locking down a starting spot.
Here are the rookies at each club most likely to make an impression in 2019.
Age: 20 | Position: Forward
Add Carrigan’s name to the long list of boom forwards being produced at Red Hill. Carrigan doesn’t concern himself with the fancy stuff, he’s a middle forward who says he loves the contact and physicality of playing up front. The Easts Tigers junior captained the Emerging Maroons squad in their win against NSW earlier this year.
Age: 20 | Position: Prop/Lock
Canberra’s pack will be without giants Shannon Boyd and Junior Paulo in 2019 but Guler is shaping as a ready-made replacement. Standing at 191cm and weighing 110kg, Guler will no doubt be pushing for a regular start in Ricky Stuart’s 17. The Sydney born prop earned state and national representative honours, playing in the Emerging Origin game and for the Junior Kangaroos in 2018.
Age: 20 | Position: Centre/Wing
A match-winning play from Harper in the Bulldogs’ win against the Jets delivered the Instrust Super Premiership trophy to Belmore. The elusive and quick footed Harper was earmarked by departing veteran centre Josh Morris as the rookie mostly likely to crack NRL in 2019. He’ll have to challenge the likes of new recruits Nick Meaney and Christian Crichton for a place in the top side.
Age: 18 | Position: Centre/Wing
Sharks coach Shane Flanagan said he wanted to play rookie centre Bronson Xerri last season. Unfortunately Xerri hadn’t turned 18 yet. He scored a hat-trick on debut for the Newton Jets back in June and was a standout for the victorious Sharks Jersey Flegg side.
Edrick Lee, Ricky Leutele and Jesse Ramien have all left the Sharks. Josh Morris is the only notable signing and should slot into the left centre position, leaving Josh Dugan on the right. Sosaia Feki will likely start at left wing, but the right wing position is wide open.
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