Every NRL player has to ply their trade under pressure. Whether it be the pressure of their coach, their fans, or the players themselves, everyone expects the best out of every player across the competition.

That said, there are certain players who really need to shine in 2019.

That may sound silly, as every player needs to play well, but the below five players will enter the new year under increased scrutiny and pressure.

This list could be 100 players long, but as I see it right now, these five players are looking to have huge off-seasons so they can hit the ground running in 2019.


5. Kieran Foran

I’m a big fan of Foran but he is far from the player he was during his Manly days. He’s on a huge contract and was recruited to be the man to return the Bulldogs back to the finals.

In 2018 he was awful. I say that with the greatest respect but he in no way justified his massive price tag through a combination of injury and sub par form.

The Bulldogs played much better footy after Foran’s injury forced a reshuffle in the side so his return will be met with huge scrutiny from fans in blue and white.

He is, by far, the Dogs biggest name and biggest star, and if they are ANY hope of a winning season, the New Zealand half needs to fire, in a big way.

Whether or not he still has it in him after a series of injury plagued seasons is in question.

If he doesn’t start well, Dogs fans will want him dropped to see the young halves combination returned.

Given the huge money Foran is on, it will take a very brave man to drop him to NSW cup either way.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 30: Kieran Foran of the Bulldogs passes during the round four AFL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on March 30, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


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  3. Don’t know what your on about east of the divide, I go for the Roosters and Pearce is not a Rooster. All I said was Pearce was in the best form of any halfback after walking away from the Roosters and was leading the Dally M awards before he got injured in round 7 or 8. He definitely was a big chance to play BUT he got injured and was out for 9 weeks. Cleary was the second choice because he had a 4 or 5 game combination built up with Maloney. If Pearce did not get injured I believe Cleary would of been used in the future

    Like you said Cleary got a win on the back of doing nothing in attack against a side that was at its worse with Queensland’s entire super spine gone. And like I said if Pearce did not get injured and played against that depleted rebuilding Qld outfit then NSW wins 3-0 not 2-1 with a rookie half who did nothing in attack. Get the PictureπŸ–Ό

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  5. You keep pushing for Pearce to be the SOO halfback. You have also said when Cronk leaves , Pearce will be back at the Roosters.
    So obviously you do love him as a player.
    Even with Keary at 5/8th, the Roosters thought their best chance of winning the premiership was to buy Cronk & punt Pearce. So that proved to be correct.
    As for the SOO results. Pearce has a dreadful record as halfback for NSW.
    I didn’t say I thought Cleary played exceptionally well in attack.
    Still NSW won the series. First time out with a rookie halfback. Winning 2-1 beats losing yet again.
    Pearce has lost so many times playing for NSW , that losing has been conditioned into him . He expects to lose!
    So again, you need to go with someone who doesn’t just expect to lose. Brad Fittler was right….
    Get the picture!

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