There’s just one week to go until Super League kicks off for 2019 and the excitement’s building as every club anticipates the new season. A new year brings new hope, and with it, new signings.

A whole host of NRL players have decided to head to England this year and it’s great to see a few younger players, with none of them approaching retirement just yet.

Here are the five NRL imports I’m most looking forward to seeing in Super League in 2019.


5. Trent Merrin

Yet another new Leeds arrival, Merrin is a superstar signing that I can’t wait to see. He’s played over 200 NRL games, made 13 appearances for New South Wales and won 7 caps for Australia.

At 29 his best days are probably behind him and he’s very unlikely to play rep footy again, but he’s certainly not on his last legs yet and the Rhinos clearly don’t think so either, having given him a 4-year deal.

His experience in the biggest of games should be a great asset to the Rhinos, who had a difficult year in 2018 and who have lost a few experienced heads in recent years.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 19: Trent Merrin of the Panthers reacts during the round 24 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Wests Tigers at Pepper Stadium on August 19, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)


  1. Albert Kelly is over there doing fine, I would prefer tui over him.

    Hurrel will be one of the top try scorers over there this year. I take it you got for the warriors Jake? Well you have Kata and he is pretty much the same player as hurrel lol

  2. Can’t disagree with that, there’s still a clear gulf between the 2 comps. Some of the English lads have become stand outs in the NRL though, Josh Hodgson, James Graham and Sam Burgess in particular.

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