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.