NRL Rd 11 - Titans v Panthers
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JULY 26: Stephen Crichton of the Panthers scores a try during the round 11 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Penrith Panthers at Cbus Super Stadium on July 26, 2020 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

In both attack and defence, the centre position is one of the most crucial positions in the NRL.

Centres lead the edge defence, deciding to charge out of the line or slide, and are often the last hands to touch the ball before a try.

It might come as a surprise then, that some of the best centres in the game are 22 and younger. Some names in this list have won grand finals or played for their country, with more additions to their resume coming soon. 

Others have shocked the world with how quickly they have not only held their own but dominated their opposition.

Here are the five best centres in the NRL aged 22 or younger.


5. Bradman Best - 20

Bradman Best might have the highest potential of anyone on this list. His frame just screams danger to his opposition. Built low to the ground, with broad shoulders and strong legs, at his best, Best is rampaging through the defence.

While a few niggling injuries have held him back, 2022 could be his year. The Newcastle Knights are struggling and it's difficult for a centre to shine without solid play from key playmakers. If the Knights ever get their act together and Best stays healthy, expect him to star.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 15: Bradman Best of the Knights is tackled during the round 22 NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Newcastle Knights at Moreton Daily Stadium, on August 15, 2021, in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)