The recent signing of Chad Townsend by the Sydney Roosters has the majority of league fans asking one thing ...


On paper, this makes little to no sense. An aging halfback, hardly setting the league on fire, moving to Sydney to play for the Roosters.

I get it, this is a premiership-winning halfback, widely known as one of the competition's genuine good guys, who can do a job.

That said, with the greatest of respects to the man who lead my Sharks to their first ever title ... really?

It did get me thinking about recent, similar signings. Players who were signed to a chorus of indifference, and the impacts they ultimately had.

Here are ten signings who arrived under, shall we say, mixed reviews!? All of which turned out more than a little okay.


10. Nathan Brown (Manly Sea Eagles)

NRL Pre-Season - Sea Eagles v Rabbitohs
GOSFORD, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 11: Nathan Brown of the Sea Eagles passes during the NRL pre-season trial match between Manly Sea Eagles and South Sydney Rabbitohs at Industree Group Stadium on February 11, 2024 in Gosford, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

We start with the most recent signing on the list, that of former Eels enforcer Nathan Brown.

Although he had enjoyed a wonderful career at Parramatta, including two Origin selections, but at the time of the signing, was very much forgotten about.

Since arriving on the northern beaches the middle forward has become a cult hero. His kick returns literally start at the back fence and have become a genuine highlight.

Brown is now playing a big role in the Manly charge toward a return to Finals footy.