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.
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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.