SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 16: James Tedesco and Cooper Cronk of the Roosters celebrate at full time following the round two NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Allianz Stadium on March 16, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

The 2018 NRL season is well and truly finished and we can look back on the season and see exactly who performed and who did not. These players were the best signings made for the 2018 season.


Blake Green

Perhaps the most underrated signing of 2018, Blake Green was the Warriors’ unsung hero in what was their best season in many years. Green is an excellent game manager; a role which the Warriors have needed for some time.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – MARCH 17: Blake Green of the Warriors looks on during the round two NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Gold Coast Titans at Mt Smart Stadium on March 17, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)


  1. After his grand final heriocs, Cooper Cronk must be listed as #1. Ponga, Tedesco, and others were great, but he got them the trophy so there is no disputing it for mine! (And I am a Storm fan, so certainly nofavouritism here)…

    • +1 grabby.
      Cronk made many big mouths on this site look like utter fools. Keary too.
      Same with the haters bagging Saints

    • I’m a knights fan and agree with you but o think they considered pearce better as he was so high in the dally m count. I think the fact that the roosters were so star studded makes them think crooks impact wasnt as big as pearce’s for newcastle

  2. I’m not the first to say this but Cronk is number 1 for sure. He completely changed the way we play, taking us from a team that fizzled out in last year’s finals to winning the comp this year. It was a masterstroke from the club, one which I’ll admit I wasn’t entirely convinced about at the time. When you look at the doubt that was there when he came to Bondi and the sacrifice the club made as he arrived, he was by far number 1.

  3. Cronk easily top 3, maybe not 1 as Ponga had a drastic influence on Newcastle’s fortunes and you could argue for Tedesco, but Cronk > Maloney easy.

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