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.

5. Sydney Roosters

Coming off back-to-back premierships and in the hunt for a third, The Sydney Roosters lineup is stacked with household names whilst the Chooks' future also looks bright enough to warrant a pair shades.

Since shifting from the Shire to Bondi, Kyle Flanagan has taken his game to another level. Leading the competition in both points (126) and goals kicked (55), Flanagan has paired with Luke Keary seamlessly.

With the ability to play in the second row, at lock and hooker, Victor Radley is not just a weapon for the future, he's more than just a handy role player now. Earlier this season Radley was voted by fellow players as the league's third best lock and the NRL's hardest tackler. Pretty good going for a 22-year-old.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 06: Victor Radley of the Roosters (R) celebrates victory with Jake Friend of the Roosters (L) at the end of the round nine NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at Allianz Stadium on May 6, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Although his season came to an end with a knee injury in round 7, Radley is locked up in the Eastern Suburbs until the end of 2023.

With these two on the park and highly touted youngster Egan Butcher still yet to debut, league fans may want to invest in specks with a higher UV protection.

6 COMMENTS

  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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