AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 14: Nathan Cleary of the Panthers makes a run during the round 19 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Penrith Panthers at Mt Smart Stadium on July 14, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

The New South Wales Blues team in the future will contain a number of young players who established themselves in the 2017 season.

Up-and-comers who’d made a name for themselves to an extent where they look seemingly likely to play Origin in the near future.

The players that headline our team include:

Nick Cotric, an 18-year-old who dominated the rookie of the year award, has proved his worth as an origin player, never looking out of place when playing for Canberra this year.

Clinton Gutherson, who suffered several lacklustre years, has this year proved his desire to reach an elite class in the rugby league hierarchy. His versatility on the field would be a real asset during rep football.

David Klemmer will lead the team from the front. After nine origin games off the bench, the Bulldogs prop finally earned a starting spot in the Australian Kangaroos side for the world cup, and didn’t he take it with both hands? Running for 132 metres, NSW fans have all the more reason to be excited Klemmer; who is a possibility to captain the side next year.

Nathan Cleary had a breakout year, with the 18-year-old scoring the most points in the season. Not a bad way to begin your Origin destined career.

Concluding our highlighted players, Regan Campell-Gillard looks set to be the NSW hitman and will undoubtedly earn himself a spot for the Blues in the 2018 origin series. Already being selected for Australia, the Panthers prop showcased his instant impact off the bench, earning a spot in the Dally M Team Of The Year.

Predicted 2020 NSW Blues side

  1. James Tedesco (27)
  2. Tom Trbojevic (24)
  3. Clint Gutherson (26)
  4. Jack Bird (25)
  5. Nick Cotric (22)
  6. Luke Keary (28)
  7. Nathan Cleary (23)
  8. Aaron Woods (29)
  9. Nathan Peats (30)
  10. David Klemmer (27)
  11. Boyd Cordner (28)
  12. Josh Jackson (29)
  13. Jake Trbojevic (26)
    BENCH
  14. Regan Campell-Gillard (27)
  15. Tyson Frizell (29)
  16. Wade Graham (30)
  17. Jordan Mclean (29)

The team chemistry is adequate, with a wide variety of different ages. The backline is particularly young, however, the forwards are experienced, and are in their prime stage in their careers.

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