SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25: Joel Thompson of the Dragons reacts after a try was rules no try during the round eight NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Allianz Stadium on April 25, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

News reports and social media feeds are dominated by the superstars of our game. The Cam Smiths, the Johnathan Thurstons and the Billy Slaters rightfully find their name in lights on the back of match-winning efforts.

For every superstar though, there are a group of players who lay the foundation and for whatever reason often come across as underappreciated. Certainly underrated.

Below are 10 such names. Players who always turn up, play well, but don't hog the headlines. They are all current-day players who have been underrated over the past three-or-so seasons.


Matt Prior

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 11: Matthew Prior of the Sharks celebrates scoring a try with team mates during the round two NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Cronulla Sharks at GIO Stadium on March 11, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

While the likes of Gallen, Fifita and Graham attract all the headlines, Matt Prior has been going about his business and has been doing a great job for the Sharks.

One of the true heroes of the Premiership run in 2016, Prior joined Fifita as joint winners of the Sharks player of the year award. He completely turned the semi-final match-up against Canberra, in Canberra, with a try and an offload that led to a try.

If the Sharks had lost that game you can almost guarantee a different result come October 2nd.


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