SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 17: Ben Hunt of the Dragons looks on during the NRL trial match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and Hull at ANZ Stadium on February 17, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

The player market heading into the 2018 season was crazy. I can’t remember a season where so much big name talent changed clubs and made such a big impact.

Although some big name recruits failed to live up to their reputation, there have been some incredible signings.

Below we look at the top 10 recruits from 2017 into the 2018 season. The below is based on form, results and impact on the club they joined.

Let us know if (and why) we have it wrong in the comments below.


10. Corey Thompson (Tigers)

With all due respect to the Tigers’ winger/fullback this is probably a shock. His signing went largely unnoticed in the mayhem that was the Tigers’ recruitment merry-go-round, but he’s been arguably the club’s best all season. Able to score a try from anywhere, Thompson has been equally as effective on the wing or in the number one jersey. Huge fan.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 10: Corey Thompson of the Tigers celebrates scoring a try during the round one NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium on March 10, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


  1. I think Ben Hunt is getting a lot of the credit for what James Graham has brought to the Dragons. If you look at the talk and direction Graham does off the ball, he has made that pack more accountable for their actions than ever before.
    There’s no surprise so many of them were selected for Origin this year.

    • I think Ben Hunt was crucified in origin game 2 and he didn’t even play that bad. One bad kick and commentary from Peter Sterling led to the whole media world jumping on him. IMO its a result of the sensationalist media desperate for more click bate content.

  2. I think all mentioned started off well, but in recent weeks have declined a bit. The next 4 weeks will see the cream rise to the top. I agree with Beastie, Graham has lifted the intensity on and off the field for the Dragons – great buy. I think Green for the Warriors has been good, Moylan I’m not s sure. Has taken a while to find his rhythm. Would like to see this article written again in 4-5 weeks time!

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