MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Corey Oates of the Broncos looks on during the warm-up prior to the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park on September 22, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

The 2018 NRL season is complete but there are many excellent players still unsigned for 2019. These are the 10 best players that are still off-contract for the 2019 NRL season, according to Zero Tackle’s player movement database.

Ethan Lowe

Ethan Lowe won the 2015 premiership with the Cowboys and was a huge part of their charge to the grand final in 2017. However, 2018 has seen the versatile back rower displaced and likely on the outer at the club. Lowe would be a great signing for most NRL clubs and will probably succeed should he sign with a new team.

WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA – MAY 28: Ethan Lowe of the Cowboys looks dejected after defeat during the round 12 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the North Queensland Cowboys at WIN Jubilee Stadium on May 28, 2016 in Wollongong, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Tevita Pangai Junior

Tevita Pangai Junior has attracted the interest of many NRL clubs after a strong season. The Broncos will desperately want to re-sign the young forward before other clubs can offer him an irresistible offer.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – JULY 08: Tevita Pangai of the Broncos runs the ball during the round 17 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Brisbane Broncos at Cbus Super Stadium on July 8, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Jarryd Hayne

2018 was Jarryd Hayne’s best season since his return to the NRL and the Eels have indicated they are keen on re-signing him. Hayne showed signs of his old self, with a number of terrific games towards the end of the year.

TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 24: Jarryd Hayne of the Eels looks on during the round 24 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Parramatta Eels at 1300SMILES Stadium on August 24, 2018 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Paul Gallen

Fans are still in the dark about Sharks captain Paul Gallen playing status in 2019. The veteran lock has indicated that he wants to play on next season but has not yet been re-signed. With Shane Flanagan indicating he wants Gallen in his team next year, we are likely to see the former Blues skipper go around once more.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 08: Paul Gallen of the Sharks looks dejected during the NRL Qualifying Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the Cronulla Sharks at Allianz Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

John Sutton

John Sutton and the Rabbitohs are currently at a standstill in their contract negotiations. While Sutton wants to play on with the club they are unwilling to offer him the money he is requesting. Unfortunately this could mean that Sutton moves on which would be a huge loss for the Rabbitohs.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 08: John Sutton of the Rabbitohs makes a break during the round 14 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Cbus Super Stadium on June 8, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

James Segeyaro

Not only is James Segeyaro exciting to watch, he has the ability to make things happen out of dummy-half. Many clubs have their eye on Segeyaro right now, and the explosive hooker would certainly be a great buy for many of them.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 26: James Segeyaro of the Sharks offloads the ball during the round 24 NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Newcastle Knights at Southern Cross Group Stadium on August 26, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Alexander Brimson

Alexander Brimson was a great discovery for the Titans in 2018, wowing NRL viewers with his skill and athleticism after being called into the team halfway through the season. Coach Garth Brennan will be desperate to keep Brimson at the club for a long time, and seems willing to make sacrifices, such as letting Kane Elgey go, in order to retain the young star.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – MAY 19: Alexander Brimson of the Titans runs the ball during the round 11 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Newcastle Knights at Cbus Super Stadium on May 19, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Robert Jennings

Robert Jennings enjoyed a terrific 2018 season which saw him finish as one of the top try scorers in the competition. The Rabbitohs will be rushing to re-sign the talented young winger before another club can take him off their hands.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JULY 28: Robert Jennings of the Rabbitohs scores try during the round 20 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium on July 28, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Corey Oates

Explosive winger Corey Oates has not signed on with a club for the 2019 season yet, and a number of clubs have expressed interest in his services. Oates is already one of the NRL’s best wingers and at just 23 years old he will not come cheap. The Broncos will be hoping to re-sign him as soon as they can.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 08: Corey Oates of the Broncos watches on during the round one NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Brisbane Broncos at UOW Jubilee Oval on March 8, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Cameron Smith

Despite reports legendary hooker Cameron Smith had re-signed with the Storm, the deal has not yet been completed. With champion fullback Billy Slater having retired at the end of 2018, having Smith around in 2019 would be a huge bonus for the Storm. This signing is obviously the Storm’s number one priority at the moment.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 21: Cameron Smith of the Storm leads his team onto the field during the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the Cronulla Sharks at AAMI Park on September 21, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

22 COMMENTS

  1. Well I am deplored that South Sydney will lose John Sutton at the expense of Jennings. Its one or the other I understand. As Sutton has but one season left in his legs it appears that competing against the Joneses of the competition, Cronulla, Cowboys, Newcastle, Brisbane, Melbourne and the Roosters that sentimental loyalties are disposed of, whilst dollars are of uttermost importance in budgeting the salary cap. Thanks for the memories Sutto.

    • Again, RussCrower you know CRAP.
      You Understand WRONG
      Both Jennings and Sutton will be in Cardinal and Myrtle next season.

      • There haven’t been any announcements as the Senior Management are all on Annual Leave.

        The Rabbitohs always save up re-signing announcements for when the Major Member Drives are on.
        Our top-tier players return to training on or about the 22nd of November.
        Souths Aussie/Tonga Rep Players a month after that.
        The Twins in January.

      • Once again you only pipe up run your mouth when there is a rabbits seticke, got younti oretend your still sharing lattes with rusty and have inside info…
        Well your not and you dint, Sutton will be in super league 2019. Nice loyalty again by souffs, shame oh shame

        • Bob, I don’t have any inside info, but I reckon you’re wrong on this one.
          With the form Sutton was in, his commitment to the club, and the loss of Crichton, I think the Bunnies will give him another year.

        • @ mighty

          You are right mate, Sutton had one of his best seasons for the Rabbitohs this year and had a positive influence in almost every game he played in, even though Seibold was playing him at times for 80 mins! IMO Sutton has done more than enough to deserve a 1 year extension on his contract but that should be it after that. Given that Sutton is prepared to sign for any offer and he is covered by the Veteran and Developed Player Allowance it should be a done deal, at least you would think it should.

          I think Robert Jennings is almost certain to re-sign with the Rabbitohs, at least 3claps 👏👏👏 tells me he is. I just hope he remembered to tell Jennings! 😂😂😂😂

          Given that Souths still need to replace Crichton and couldn’t possibly be over the salary cap given the latitude allowed to the Roosters, I would like to see them Tevita Pangai Junior. At least I’m hoping. 🤞🤞🤞 Anyway, it’s on my Christmas wish list. Santa gave me my wish last year which was for Cook to have a break out year and play for the Blues in origin. The cherry on top was backing that up to play for Australia.

          Failing that Corey Oates would be a possibility and would have a better chance of playing in the back row for Souths than he ever will at the Broncos.

        • Eels,
          I would just think your longest serving player in history coming off one of his better years, and not already signed up is some show of disrespect.
          But yep they do leave signings for membership drive. Just wouldn’t thought Sutton be on that list, would think he’s signed well I’m advance..

        • Hey Mong dragon, does Ricky STUART have a brother that played at manly I’m not aware of?? Or where you trying to refer to Brett and Glenn STEWART

        • “pipe up run your mouth when there is a rabbits seticke, got younti oretend your still sharing lattes with rusty and have inside info…”

          What do you call that? It looks like a 2 year old tried typing

        • Oh here it is, the kindergarten teacher is back.. I quickly wrote auto correct got it all, so mind your business fool, you’ve embarrassed yourself enough on other articles.

        • You have loosed it bobby. You don’t think it’s embarrassing that you spell like a 5 year old. If your going to have a go at people, make sure they can read your dribble.

    • How about having both TPJ and Corey Oates at the Tigers 😉 Now that’s what I’m talking about .. !!

      • I wouldn’t want Hayne at the tigers, he’s got a toxic culture. Every club in the league would be stupid if they didn’t at least enquire about TPJ and Oates. If TPJ left Brisbane (which I hope he doesn’t) then I would be pretty happy if he landed at Newcastle.

  2. Still really hoping for TPJ to the Roosters. The way I see it, with the loss of Ryan Matterson it’ll be one or the other between him and Taupau. Potentially at the expense of Dylan Napa, with either Nat Butcher or Lindsay Collins being promoted to full-time first graders. I really like our chances of going back to back, but then again, the premiership winning fans always do.

    It still annoys the hell out of me though that we signed Morris and Hall rather than going all out to sign Oates or Jennings. I would have taken even Hayne over those two. I can only hope I’m proven wrong

    • OK “little red roosta”, all jokes aside. Your team is already WELL over the salary cap and set to lose just Ferguson but gain BMoz Crichton and Ryan Hall from English SL (and are “rumoured” to be in talks with Marty Taupau). How in the hell is it even remotely possible that the Roosters can pick up Tevita Pangai Junior and still “pretend” that they are salary cap compliant?

      Seriously mate, you can’t believe that your mob aren’t pushing the envelope when it comes to keeping up the pretense that they are still under the cap? Surely?

  3. “2018 was Jarryd Hayne’s best season since his return to the NRL” – if that was his best year on return then i think the Parra fans might let him ride skateboards down at Minto park.
    I’d punt (sell off) Moses and have a decent crack at Brimo btw.

    Oates and TPJ are definitely on the scope for a few clubs. Jennings is on fire and would be a find for any club.
    The rest are club legends and its hard to see them playing in an opposing team or – off to the UK they go.

    • I think they set the bar VERY low for Hayne, pedro. At first I thought the Eels were pulling a shifty signing “the Hayne Plane” for HALF his Titans salary but clearly they had a closer look and noticed that both engines were missing. Now he plays more like a chicken, flaps his wings but never manages to get off the ground!

      Good call about replacing Moses for Brimson but uncle Benny will give the Eels hell behind the scenes if his nephew gets punted. I’ve got dibs on TPJ btw but can you imagine your Dragons if they picked him up? Frizell, Sims and TPJ would be more than most opposition defences could handle and with Korbin joining the big Red V you only need Ruan for the set! 😉

      • I dont think we have any bucks left for signing of that quality for TPJ – but Ruan we could probably afford 😛

    • Hayne played the first few rounds injured, then further injury kept him on the sidelines for the middle of the season. The form he showed late in the year was enough to justify another year IMO, on similar money to what he was this year. He was the only player at Parra who showed any real threat with the ball in hand, and is by far the best option at fullback at the club. Sure it wasn’t the Hayne of ’09 or ’14 but he was better than a lot seem to give him credit for.

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