When conversation ahead of the 2022 season has shifted to signings, the talk immediately goes to the likes of Adam Reynolds, Matt Burton, Kurt Capewell, Dane Gagai and Josh Addo-Carr.

While it’s true that they will be the names to set tongues wagging and have fans riding a wave of expectation at formerly struggling clubs heading into the new season, that doesn’t mean they are all their is to get excited about.

Every club has made off-season moves heading into the new season as they look to strengthen their squads, and with the exception of the Penrith Panthers, every club wants to have better performances and end results than they did in 2021.

Many of the bottom eight clubs from last year have recruited smartly, while others in the top eight have also made excellent signings.

It’s the players who aren’t mentioned in every news story who could yet make the biggest difference to their new clubs as the 2022 season commences.

There were plenty to pick from as well, with the likes of Nick Meaney, Bailey Simonsson, Nick Cotric, Matt Ikuvalu, Ethan Bullemor and Xavier Coates all missing the top five, despite their strong credentials for the season ahead.

Here are the top five underrated signings heading into 2022.

3. Jaydn Su’A (St George Illawarra Dragons from South Sydney Rabbitohs)

The Dragons recruitment strategy for the new season has been one which has been questioned, criticised and frankly, laughed at from every angle.

The likes of Aaron Woods and George Burgess coming into the side given the speed of the game currently has seemed odd on the surface, but it's not all questions and head-scratchers at the Red V.

Jaydn Su'A is a signature who has been pushed below the surface and completely forgotten about.

A Queensland State of Origin representative, he seemed to fall out of favour for a minuscule period in the middle of the season under Wayne Bennett, but was back in the starting side when it mattered.

The 24-year-old played 71 minutes of the grand final, and wound up averaging almost 100 metres per game for the season, tackling at 93 per cent and making 16 offloads. He was a threat with the football, strong defensively and undoubtedly will gain a starting spot in the Dragons side for Round 1.

NRL Rd 19 - Rabbitohs v Dragons
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 26: Jaydn Su'a of the Rabbitohs is tackled during the round 19 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium on July 26, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)