The below takes into account players who mainly play second row or players where second-row is their best position. For instance, I have graded Cameron Murray and Tevita Pangai Jr as locks.

Top TEN best fullbacks in the NRL
Top TEN best wingers in the NRL
Top TEN best centres in the NRL
Top TEN best five-eighths in the NRL
Top TEN best second-rowers in the NRL

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10. Ryan Matterson

Unlucky not to be further up the list is the Eels monster in Matterson. He made big waves in the off-season by forcing a move to the blue and gold and I believe he delivered in a big way.

The 192cm giant ran for almost 125 metres per game, tackled at over 91% and even crossed for three tries. Throw in 35 offloads, three line breaks, three line-break assists and 38 tackle breaks and that makes for a more than a handy season.

Matterson must have been extremely close to making that NSW squad. I was actually shocked he was overlooked. I don’t think he’ll miss out next year if he continues his increase progression.

NRL Rd 5 - Eels v Panthers
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 12: Blake Ferguson and Ryan Matterson of the Eels celebrate Ryan Matterson scoring a try during the round five NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Penrith Panthers at Bankwest Stadium on June 12, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)