Given all the negativity surrounding the game prior to the holiday break, we thought it might be fun to take a not so serious look at the game.
In the face of negative headlines, the NRL is always looking for positive moments and headlines.
The best way to promote the game is by promoting its most likeable stars.
Although the likes of Smith, Gallen and Cherry-Evans all have huge profiles, the general feeling is they’re not the most likeable players.
The below five players are the five who first come to mind when I think of the NRL’s most marketable stars.
This is supposed to be a very light-hearted look at five players who could front NRL promotions and be pushed as the face of the game.
It is designed to be a discussion point and we’d love to hear who you believe the game’s most marketable players are.
4. Greg Inglis
There’s no denying that recent actions have hurt the brand of Greg Inglis, and for good reason. I wanted to keep this very light but Inglis made a horror choice and has been very lucky (in my view) to escape with light punishment as a result.
That said, Inglis is a mega star of the game and is current Queensland captain and was recently named new Kangaroo captain before his being stood down.
Inglis is front of centre of every NRL promotion whether it be for his club, state, country or the game in general.
Few faces in our game are more well known and prior to his off-field madness, there’d be few you’d want more representing your club or business.
He will have to earn back the trust and respect of some fans, myself included, but if you ask any non NRL fan for one current player, Inglis is the name most likely to be mentioned.
He has a monster season ahead of him and I hope he surrounds himself with the right people and returns to headlines for the right reasons.