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.

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Jarrod Croker

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 19: Jarrod Croker of the Raiders makes a line rbeak during the round three NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Wests Tigers at GIO Stadium on March 19, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

No one has been unluckier when it comes to rep selection than Jarrod Croker. For the life of me, I can’t explain why his name has not come up in serious discussions for sky blue jerseys in the past few years.

He is a point scoring machine, one of the game’s elite placekickers, and has dramatically improved his defence.

Sadly his rep window may have closed but he could very easily have had 5 to 10 NSW jumpers in his closet.

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