For supporters of some teams, scouring the ladder and consulting the fixture list can be a depressing task.

Underperforming veterans on large contracts, coaches in the firing line and heavy defeats will leave fans of any denomination blue.

If you fid yourself following a side with the aforementioned downfalls - fear not, we're here to help shift your eyes to the future.

Our list is comprised of both players that are proven starlets and some that are beacons for the future. The criteria for the list that each player must be 23 or younger.

Numerous names fit our measures but have not been mentioned, as this is a judgement on a team's stable of youth.

Here are the eight NRL teams with the best young talent.

7. Wests Tigers

With the Tigers in somewhat of a transition phase, Harry Grant's 2020 season would have smiles on dials from Balmain to Campbelltown.

The on-loan hooker has already posted 13 Dally M votes this season and has been voted as the rookie and buy of the year by his peers.

NRL Rd 10 - Tigers v Broncos
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17: Harry Grant of the Wests Tigers passes the ball during the round 10 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Brisbane Broncos at Leichhardt Oval on July 17, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

With deals signed for young prop Alex Twal and exciting five-eighth Tommy Talau until 2022, Tigers fans can keep smiling.

Although injury has interrupted Twal's 2020 season, he has emerged as a consistent performer for Wests. Talau's 5 tries from 116 runs this season have given fans just a taste of what's in store for the future.


  1. Sharks also have Sione Katoa and Ronaldo Multitalo who are both excellent young wingers. Not to mention Hamlin Uele and Rudolf in the forwards.
    Or how about Starford Toa the Knights up and coming winger, Jayden Brailey who is currently injured and Tex Hoy.

    Think this article is stupid. You’ve listed 3 players for each team and listed 8 teams and said this is the best young talent.

  2. The criteria for this list is that each player must be 23 or younger.
    Katoa, Hamlin-Uele, Rudolf and Brailey are all older.

    However, Mulitalo and Hoy are oversights.

    Thanks for your feedback.

  3. You forgot Brian To’o for the Panthers.
    Leading ground maker after first contract with the defence. Until his injury. He’s 22.

  4. you’ve mentioned about 1/3 of the Bronco’s young guns, eg, Thomas Dearden, Herbie Farnworth, Cory Paix, Keenan Palasia, Izaia Perese, Jake Turpin etc. problem is the clubs who buy their talent coming in and grabbing the cream because they can’t be bothered to develop their own.

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