SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 31: Curtis Sironen of the Sea Eagles runs with the ball during the round five NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Manly Sea Eagles at Allianz Stadium on March 31, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Each year in the NRL there are a number of superstars we expect to dominate the competition. However new players we don’t expect, always stand up and light up the premiership.

Whether though a transfer, return from injury or just a new lease on life, these 10 men defied most viewers’ expectations in 2017.

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Curtis Sironen

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 31: Curtis Sironen of the Sea Eagles runs with the ball during the round five NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Manly Sea Eagles at Allianz Stadium on March 31, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Curtis Sironen played 65 games for the West Tigers between 2012 and 2016 but the second rower has really impressed in his first year at the Sea Eagles.

The change of clubs has done Sironen well, and he has had his best season to date, despite being injured in Round 16.

With a return from injury expected in Round 26 the Sea Eagles will be bolstered heading into the finals series.

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