GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20: Nate Myles of the Sea Eagles looks on during the round 11 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Manly Sea Eagles at Cbus Super Stadium on May 20, 2017 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Jason O'Brien/Getty Images)

NRL 2018: Top five unsigned players

With a number of clubs finalising their 2018 playing squads, a handful of quality players haven’t been offered a contract for next season.

We’ve pinpointed players who would be a great addition to any club, or could add further depth to their player stocks. The following are the top five players, unsigned for 2018.

1. Frank Pritchard (Parramatta Eels)

With almost 300 first-grade appearances under his belt, Pritchard’s valuable experience could be a useful addition to any side. Captaining Samoa in this year’s World Cup, his short stint with the Eels proved that he still has a few years left in him. Pritchard could mentor any club’s young players, and transition them into aggressive young forwards.

2. Travis Waddell (Brisbane Broncos)

Any team that needs a back-up hooker, should look no further than Brisbane’s Travis Waddell. It hasn’t been an well-illustrated career to this point, however the once-predicted Queensland talent has proved that he’s of first-grade standard. A tough pre-season at any new club, could see the 28-year old cement a starting spot.

3. Nate Myles (Melbourne Storm)

Under-performing at a new environment in Manly, Nate Myles was struck with the inability to regain the form which saw him lead Queensland to a glorious winning streak. A mid-season switch to Storm, may have helped the lost Origin representative reinvigorate his evaporating mindset. An addition of Myles to any club, will have a greater effect off the field, than on it. Myles is unlikely to remain in Melbourne, and a team, particularly with young players, would value Myles’ experience at their club.

4. Tony Williams (Cronulla Sharks)

We can’t help but to be nostalgic about the days where we labelled Manly’s favourite son, Tony Williams, as ‘T-Rex’. A representative forward, Williams suddenly became a household name, apart of Manly’s premiership-winning team in 2011. A move to the Bulldogs in 2013, saw his career hit rock-bottom. Considering his pay cheque, Williams hasn’t performed to his highest standard. A major disappointment for Canterbury, who couldn’t afford many high-priced players, due to Williams chewing up their salary cap for four years. It was evident that Williams had softened, with no disrespect to Williams, even himself would admit his own worst woes. Signing with Cronulla Sharks for 2017, he played a stand-alone game in the Shire, impressing, scoring a try, before tearing his ACL. Williams can prove to be a monumental addition to any club, after seeing his stellar performance for Cronulla this year. Perhaps, a change in environment could see the once-admired forward, re-born. Williams has since been linked to Parramatta, who seem to be the only club in the race for his signature.

5. Chase Stanley (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)

Chase Stanley is a highly-talented footballer, who’s been riddled with continuous injuries throughout his 110-game career. The 28-year old hasn’t been offered a contract to remain at Belmore for 2018, after he signed with them for the 2014 season. Stanley played a handful of games this year, impressing in the closing stanza of the season. The metres he made in the centre position, would most likely be enough to attract interest from other clubs.. He would add further depth to a club’s outside back’s stock, and could overcome his adversity, with effective rehabilitation programs, to stabilise his injury-prone body. The addition of Stanley to any club, will undoubtedly be considered a gamble, however many would argue that it’s worth the risk.

11 COMMENTS

  1. Shows you that there isn’t much in the way of talent off contract when this lot make up the top 5 unsigned players.
    You can take Williams off this list as he is already training with Parra.
    IF we pick up Hayne as well that will be two major dud buys for us.

  2. feel a bit for kiddie williams but i dont think he has got it anymore such a waste but he isnt he only one !

  3. T. rex without doubt been a massive dud since leaving the mighty eagles. But this is correct saying he played 1 game this year for sharks and went really good. With rosters now at 30 I can’t see how someone doesn’t pick him up, would only be 150k. Worth the risk I think

    • I don’t often agree with you but other than Waddell who could be useful as a 2nd string dummyhalf. All these players are well past their usefulness. .

  4. A team like Newcastle could be just what Nate Myles, Travis Waddell, Chase Stanley and Frank Pritchard need. These 4 would be handy pickups for Newcastle who would still be way under the salary cap.

    Possible Knights Team off the top of my head….

    1 – Ponga
    2 – Kenny-Dowell
    3 – Peter Ma’Tautia
    4 – Moga
    5 – Ross
    6 – Watson
    7 – Hodkinson
    8 – Myles
    9 – Levi
    10 – Ese’Ese
    11 – Guerra
    12 – Sione Ma’Tautia
    13 – Lillyman
    14 – Pritchard
    15 – Yates
    16 – Latu
    17 – Daniel Saifiti
    18 – Waddell
    19 – Saulo
    20 – Sio
    21 – Heighington
    22 – Stanley
    23 – Lamb
    24 – Barnett

    Not bad at all….Plus the young talent. Wow!

    • Sorry I have to disagree that is a very poor line-up. Not too many of those players would make the top 17 in any top 4 team,

  5. Johnny Tusvia Sheck. I mean come on a great player here, he is young, fast and has plenty of talent and potential. He is an unsigned agent he would make a great winger on many teams with a bit of mentoring from veteran players. He should be on the list.

  6. We can’t help but to be nostalgic about the days where we labelled Manly’s favourite son, Tony Williams, as ‘T-Rex’……………….hhmmmm.Must be another adopted one.MW47 as a member how do you feel about this and as a member what are your thoughts on your feeder club being in the heart of western suburbs.Only asking you as your opinion is the only one that matters on here is it not?As a member an all

  7. Myles is finished and Pritchard ain’t far behind him. At Canturbury, they called Stanley ‘biscuits’ because he breaks easy. Travis would be a useful inexpressive pick up and Williams is just a big useless powder puff. Referred to as She-Rex out Belmore way.

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