4: Scott Grix
Next up is Wakefield Trinity’s Scott Grix. The Irish International enjoyed a strong 2017 season, hence his ranking.
Grix was one of Wakefield’s most consistent performers last season, making 29 appearances and scoring nine tries proving such a feat.
A larger contribution saw him amass 17 clean breaks, 52 tackle busts and 13 try assists.
Superb stuff from the International; however, unfortunately, it was a lesson of maturity for him in the end that saw Wakefield miss out on a semi-final berth.
The majority of Wakefield fans and other will know which incident is involved here but despite only being one, it can prove so pivotal but don’t despair, think of it as something to learn from.
Should he improve then he is another contender to surge higher and perhaps a dream team candidate come September as he and Trinity continue to be plucky.
3: Gareth O’Brien
Third place is Salford’s saviour in Gareth O’Brien. That being the operative word, since his ‘monster’ drop-goal, O’Brien has not looked back since.
Though he has been an adaptable player, such as playing at half-back as well as full-back, O’Brien has thrived in either position regardless.
His kicking game is consistently accurate that keeps opposition occupied.
That and his consistency of 29 appearances last season and scoring nine tries saw him prove a pivotal piece to Salford’s jigsaw last season as they enjoyed one of their strongest season’s to date.
He has always been capable of being so much more and 2018 may see him live up to such an expectation.
A big ask though otherwise he may have been situated higher but there’s no reason why he can’t complete such an achievement as the new campaign reaches ever so closer.