2: Ben Barba
Runner-up is the controversial Ben Barba. He signed midway through last season, having to complete his drugs suspension respectively.
Now completed, Barba assisted in St Helens’ turn around under Justin Holbrook and almost took them to Old Trafford.
He had his superb support play to thank for this, that and his try assists that made the Saints a much more potent attacking force than they were before.
And let’s not forget his prowess that saw him become of the NRL’s most dangerous players and given a full pre-season to settle in at St Helens, perhaps he may regain his full form.
Only time will tell but Barba and Saints will return as proper contenders and leave behind their early 2017 form well and truly behind them.
1: Jamie Shaul
Shock horror, Hull’s Jamie Shaul is ranked at number one instead of former fan’s favourite Zak Hardaker.
Hardaker pending a suspension and thus such a choice of a player in limbo remains exempt.
As for Shaul, this man has utilised the lessons of 2015 effectively as he has been superb ever since for the Airlie Birds.
Having made 65 appearances in those previous two seasons, scoring 37 tries and of course two Wembley wins, Shaul has easily become of the best in the country.
He’s even managed to adapt to becoming another pivot for Hull, going by previous games that has seen his kicking game catch teams off guard.
Let’s not forget his sheer speed and his support play, something you expect from a full-back.
Surprisingly not chosen for England at the World Cup, Shaul just has to keep working hard in what should be another strong season for Hull FC.
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