Every diehard rugby league fan knows that NRL pre-seasons are always the worst.

On the positive note, it gives us a chance to salivate at the prospect of new recruits at different clubs.

Here I rank what I believe to be the Top 5 signings of season 2019.

4. John Bateman

Coming over from the Super League, and recognised as a candidate for the Man of Steel Award, I’m expecting big things from this Bradford born Englishmen. I’ve watched Bateman quite closely over the last few seasons, and have waited for the opportunity to watch him play in the NRL. An old school dynamic edge backrower possessing a very strong work rate. A perennial tackle breaker with a terrific offload, look for Bateman to potentially spark the attack for the Raiders through the middle.

at Old Trafford on October 13, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

18 COMMENTS

  1. So the best back in the game last year with the most running metres out of everyone in the NRL doesn’t make your top 5 list.
    Surely Fergo is in the top 3 if not number 1.

    • I’m not expecting big things from Parra this year tbh, Ferguson, although a great player wont have the space and chances to get the number of tries he got last season

  2. Spot on assessment. On the back of the ace forward pack of the Sharks Shaun Johnson will carve it up. The loss of Holmes could well turn to gold and losing a fullback for a top gun play maker, allowing Moylan to go to the back, is a pretty decent trade off in the end, Top 8 finish for sure and probably top 4 with the depth they have.

        • Sorry just got out of the doctors being treated for a broken rib when I nearly died laughing at your post. Top 4 hahaha, and where’s this ace forward pack you speak off? And you reckon I dribble. Johnson is a myth and Moylan at fullback just means more try’s of the opposition. You didn’t think that through did you.

      • Here we go again. I suppose you’re going to talk up the merged venture with the embarrassingly useless half back and dud coach? April cheers and September tears. Why do you put yourself through this torment every year? I mean why would someone, with even your obviously limited intelligence, even bother? The script never changes for the mergers so don’t worry about making predictions for others. You’ve been dead wrong on Cronulla for at least the past 3 seasons that we know of and this year looks like being another strike for the oracle ……

        • Dud coach? Sorry where’s your coach. And overrated halfbacks? Might want to check in your own locker rooms first. Haha, limited intelligence indeed. Looking forward to another season of proving you wrong before your stain of a club gets shipped off to Perth. Enjoy the shire while it lasts (not that there’s much to enjoy)

  3. Ah Mau was a solid player for the Dragons, but he wouldn’t make my list.
    Think Klemmer would be on top of the list. Will only get better with age.

    • Very solid player, but personally with the depth the Knights have got this year, especially in the forwards Klemmer might not standout per se when compared to SJ.

    • We’ll remind you of that when Johnson spends half the season on the sidelines with Dugan and the rest of the time dancing about achieving nothing aside from terrible defensive reads. Trust me princess, Norman knows he’s on his last chance and will produce a far better season than an all style, no substance show pony like Johnson.

        • Not brave, pretty simple prediction actually. As if Dugan and Johnson won’t spend half the year injured. Don’t need to be psychic to figure that out. Great recruiting as usual gummies.

  4. Crichton a better signing than Klemmer, Johnson #1, no mention of Ramien or Fergo, the latter whom was the seasons top metre eater and Dally M winger of the year. Yeah I think whoever wrote this gibberish deadset has brain damage

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