Looking at the off contract list, there is some amazing talent still on the market. Everyone is well aware of the likes of Matt Gillett and Luke Lewis but for a bit of fun we have decided to build a 13 of players, with a look to the future.
For the purpose of this we have overlooked the really big named signings like Moses Mbye and David Klemmer, while trying to include players who most fans would know.
There are some amazing young talents off contract who are yet to play NRL, but as most fans don’t have access to regular NYC game broadcasts, we’ve only included those who would be known to the majority of fans.
1. Nathan Davis – Titans
20 year-old Nathan Davis has made quite an impact in his short time in first grade for the Gold Coast. Although playing mostly at centre or on the wing, Davis spent the majority of his junior career in the number one. He has shown in his four games, which included a scoring a try, that he has the speed, size and power to worry defences. At six foot four and over 100kgs, it’s scary to think how big this kid will be in a few years. The Titans need to act quickly to secure his future at the club.
2. Richard Kennar – Storm
21 year-old Richard Kennar has already played nine games, scoring two tries, in a Storm backline not struggling for talent. Already weighing 104kgs at just 21, Kennar is likely to cause plenty of nightmares in potential opponents in the future. With news that Koroibete is on his way to rugby, Kennar looks like he has a long future in the Storm outside backs.
3. Javid Bowen – Cowboys
23 year-old Javid Bowen enjoyed a brilliant start to his NRL career scoring two tries in as many games. Unfortunately for young Bowen, he may have trouble cracking a brilliant Cowboys backline especially with young superstar Gideon Gela-Mosby in the mix. Bowen has incredible speed and looked right at home in the top grade. He has a huge future ahead of him no matter what decision he makes regarding his contract.
4. Brenko Lee – Raiders
20 year-old Brenko Lee seems to have been the next big thing in the nation’s capital for years now, but is yet to nail down a regular starting spot. I would not be surprised to see him re-sign in Canberra, however other sides looking for a young centre could be on high alert. He has five tries in eight appearances and is now at the age where he will be looking for a regular gig. Another outside back who is already over 100kgs at age 20, he’s going to be damaging for many years to come.
5. Jacob Gagan – Sharks
23 year-old Jacob Gagan’s career has been stunted due to injuries, however his time in the top grade at the Sharks will have other teams looking at his status. He has scored five tries in seven games for a heavily depleted and quite honestly awful Cronulla side, and provided a rare highlight in 2014 for fans in the Shire. Stuck behind Holmes and Feki, Gagan could be on the lookout for a new club.