NRL Rd 18 - Eels v Warriors
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 15: Isaiah Papali'i of the Eels thanks the crowd after the round 18 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the New Zealand Warriors at CommBank Stadium on July 15, 2022, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

When you're being paid to play rugby league, you're always under pressure. Whether that be on the training field, the game itself or in the pub, eyes are on you at all times.

In 2023, we have some huge name recruits switching clubs. We have an entirely new club making its NRL debut. We also have an extended, and bye-ridden draw.

Some players, though, will enter 2023 under immediate pressure. Whether that be due to a big money move, a change in position or a club's entire season on their shoulders, a series of players will walk into 2023 under the gun at kick-off.

Below are ten such players. The reasons vary, but the one thing every player below has in common is that they'll probably lose some sleep as the 2023 season approaches.


10. Nicho Hynes

Hynes also appeared on this list last season, albeit in a much higher position. That was due to questions as to whether he could succeed in the halves and outside of the Storm's system.

Fair to say that he proved any doubters wrong, as his Dally M medal-winning season saw him take the Sharks to a second-place finish.

That immediate success brings about an entirely different pressure in 2022. He's proven what he can produce, so there's no reason he can't produce yet again. Right?

With the greatest of respects to my beloved Sharks, he's going to have to produce again with big questions about his fellow spine players. The Sharks' success relies almost entirely on their world-class number seven.