Mid-season signings in the last few years have been a important strategy and are getting more popular than ever. NRL clubs struggling with their cap, depth or overall strike power are usually the ones to pick up and let go of the players that aren’t being favoured or just not wanted at their current club.
Parramatta’s salary cap saga has also overall improved the talent of the mid-season list in 2016 featuring in one signing and two losses most by any other club.
The following list will be portrayed by the mid-season signings impacts on the roster, finals chances and most importantly, winning.
The best player in the Super League last year was part of a player swap with Penrith Panthers hooker James Segeyaro.
Zak Hardaker hasn’t played his best position in the NRL yet, coming off the bench in the last twenty to thirty minutes of the game to play centre.
Hardaker has had a quiet contribution in the games he has played racking up a try, two try assists, a line break and quite a few tackle breaks with the downside being the five errors in 7 games.
The Penrith Panthers are hopeful of making the finals and have almost achieved that goal. Hardaker hasn’t had any real impact so far in the form of winning or the roster, being almost a straight swap for Segeyaro, but in saying that, Hardaker can provide much-needed energy off the bench and be a difference maker heading into the finals.