SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 01: James Roberts of the Broncos looks on during the round nine NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Brisbane Broncos at Southern Cross Group Stadium on May 1, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 01: James Roberts of the Broncos looks on during the round nine NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Brisbane Broncos at Southern Cross Group Stadium on May 1, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

4. James Roberts (Broncos)

Roberts is one of those players many expected to excel at his new club, and although he hasn’t yet hit top form, he has been very good at the Broncos. He may only have the three tries in nine games but he also has four try assists and a ridiculous eight line breaks. He has helped ease the pain that the departure of Justin Hodges was expected to inflict. To think that he is yet to fully hit his straps for the Broncos is scary.

3. Ash Taylor (Titans)

Ash Taylor’s emergence has helped offset a season-long injury suffered by Kane Elgey in the pre-season. He has five try assists and two tries of his own in his eight games and has played well beyond his age and experience. At only 21 year of age, Taylor was thrown into the deep end so to speak and has performed very well. Judging by his first eight games on the Gold Coast, it’s safe to say the former Bronco has a monster future ahead of him.

2. Elliott Whitehead (Raiders)

Whitehead’s recruitment went under the radar with the likes of RTS, Roberts, Burgess and Maloney shifting clubs, but he has been an absolute revelation in the capital. Amazingly his best footy probably came when he was forced into the halves, although he has consistently been one of the Raiders best no matter which number he has worn on game day. Two tries and three try assists show his worth in an attacking sense, although it is the work that goes largely unnoticed that has made him a vital cog in the green machine. Making almost 40 tackles a game and 70+ meters, Whitehead is both flashy and hard working.

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