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.

6. St. George Illawarra Dragons

With rumours surrounding both Jason Saab and Tristan Sailor's futures at Kogarah, the Dragons have the ability to shoot up this list if they can keep the pair.

Despite being contracted until 2022, the 19-year-old Saab is almost certain to exit the club with multiple clubs interested in the 6 foot 6 winger.

NRL Rd 20 - Dragons v Eels
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 04: Jason Saab of the Dragons walks off after losing the round 20 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Parramatta Eels at WIN Jubilee Stadium on August 04, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

However, with the Dragons suggesting that Sailor will see more playing minutes, this bodes well for the promising neophyte to ink a new deal with the red V.

The Dragons also have young stars in Matthew Dufty and Zac Lomax. With this pair and the promising full back Cody Ramsey waiting in the wings, you could forgive St George Illawarra fans for feeling bullish about 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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