An unsung hero, every team has got them. They’re not flashy and they won’t have a massive highlights reel on YouTube for you to watch, but each club can’t do without the men listed below.
1. Broncos: Andrew McCullough
Though he may not make flashy breaks like Damien Cook, or big body-dumping tackles, make no mistake, Andrew McCullough is the player that makes the Broncos tick.
Heading into his 12th season at Red Hill, McCullough has been the model of consistency for the Broncos over the years. Having finally been rewarded for his dependable form with a State of Origin jumper in 2018, following this and playing through various injuries last season, McCullough is set to take his game to another level in 2019.
The 29-year-old is a metronome for the Broncos, registering impressive numbers of 42 tackles per game (9th in the NRL) at an efficiency of 93.5%, whilst being ranked 6th in the NRL for total receipts. McCullough is Cameron Smith like in the way that he will provide regularly quality service to his halves, and although he doesn’t run much when he does snipe around the ruck, he makes it count.
McCullough is the man every team needs, not flashy or flamboyant, but he leads by example and does the jobs no one else wants to. With his increased involvement in the Broncos leadership combined with the arrival of dynamic coach Anthony Seibold, look for McCullough to have a big year for the Broncos.