The new season is just weeks away, so we have decided six players that will make the most impact on their new teamsin 2019.
Akuila Uate (Huddersfield Giants)
The Fiji international has been one of the best wingers in the NRL over the past 10 years. He has scored 129 tries in 200 NRL appearances for Newcastle Knights and Manly Sea Eagles.
The 31-year-old has been given the number five shirt at Huddersfield, hinting that wing could be his main position. He can also play at centre and is a very exciting player to watch. With Jermaine McGillvary and Uate on the wings, Huddersfield have one of the best wing partnerships in Super League.
Konrad Hurrell (Leeds Rhinos)
The Tonga superstar is one of the most exciting players to be coming over to Super League from the NRL this year. Alongside Trent Merrin, Hurrell is on a marquee contract at Leeds this season.
Hurrell is box office type of player. He will certainly put bums on seats and his rampaging runs will lift the supporters back off their seats! Hurrell is a great character off the field too, so expect to see some of his dancing moves in 2019.
Kevin Naiqama (St Helens)
St Helens have impressively secured the services of Fiji captain Kevin Naiqama, who will more than likely play in the centre positions this year.
Like Uate, Naiqama has been a star in the NRL for a number of years now and can also play at full-back. The 29-year-old has earned 15 caps for his country and is well-known for his electric pace and strength going forward. Saints’ backline of Lachlan Coote, Tommy Makinson, Naiqama, Mark Percival and Regan Grace for next season is immensely impressive.
Trent Merrin (Leeds Rhinos)
The one-time Australia international has linked up with Leeds after ditching the NRL for a marquee player contract.
Merrin, 29, has made 205 NRL appearances, debuting with St George Illawarra in 2009 before moving to Penrith in 2016. He played seven Tests for Australia and 13 State of Origin matches for NSW.
He is expected to be a force up front for the Rhinos and is expected to be one of the top metre eaters in 2019, opening up the opposition defences for his halves to exploit.
Zak Hardaker (Wigan Warriors)
This would seem his final chance….. On his day, Hardaker is a sensational player and one of the best players England has to offer, without a doubt.
It has been well-documented in recent years that Hardaker has struggled with off-field issues, but if he can lead by example and perform for Wigan on the field – he could well be the signing of the season. It will be good to see him back on the field in 2019. He might even stake a claim for his spot back in Wayne Bennett’s England side.
Blake Austin (Warrington Wolves)
Austin is probably the highest profile signing for Super League ahead of the 2019 season kicking off. He is a special talent and the x-factor player in the halves that Warrington have been crying out for since Lee Briers retired.
The Portugal international is a maverick kind of player and will no doubt light up Super League in the same way Ben Barba did last year, he is the favourite for the Steve Prescott Man of Steel after all. Could Austin help the Wolves lift silverware this year?