Super League’s Best Buys for 2017

With the 2016 season almost forgotten and as we head into the new year, we look at the recruits who could change your club’s fortunes heading into next season. 

NOTE: Todd Carney has not been added, due to VISA issue unresolved.


20 Cory Aston

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Leeds Rhinos signed Cory Aston from Sheffield Eagles on a 2-year-deal. 

The Sheffield-born scrum half has played 69 games for the Eagles in the Championship since making his debut back in 2013 as an 18-year-old.

Aston had scored an impressive 31 tries and was part of the Sheffield side which reached the Qualifiers in 2015. A talented goal kicker who coach Head Coach Brian McDermott will hope to groom as his long-term back for the Leed Rhino’s. 


19 Sam Williams

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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats signed NRL Australian half-back Sam Williams on a one-year deal. 

The 25-year-old played eight games for the Raiders in 2016 and he returns for a second spell in Super League, having played 10 games for Catalans Dragons in 2014.

Williams  was named at halfback in the 2016 Intrust Super Premiership NSW Team of the year. 

Williams will provide competition and cover for both Jacob Miller and Liam Finn at the Wildcats.


18 Greg Eden

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Greg Eden returns to Super League after a 2 year stint with NRL club the Brisbane Broncos. Unable to hold down a spot in the Broncos best 17, Eden signed with the Castleford Tigers on a 2-year-deal.

Already Eden showed fans there could be life after Denny Solomona when he scored a hat-trick for Castleford Tigers as they defeated a young Hull FC team 42-10 at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle to win the Harrison-Bryan Trophy.

The Tigers will hope Eden can help replace the 40 Tries Solomona scored in the 2016. A tough ask, but the 26-year-old showed fans a glimpse early in the friendly against Hull FC on boxing day.


 
17 Luke Walsh
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Catalans Dragons sign ex-St Helens half-back Luke Walsh on a one-year contract, after the Dragons released play-maker Todd Carney.

Walsh, 29, joined Saints in 2014 and made 64 appearances in his three seasons at the club, during which he scored 15 tries and kicked 198 goals and 10 drop-goals.

Walsh previously played with the Penrith Panthers and Newcastle Knights in the NRL.

Walsh should slot straigt into the play-making role at Catalans and his experience should help guide the Dragons in attack.

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