4 – Bill Tupou
Next up, and funnily enough, the third occasion a Wakefield Trinity player ranks at fourth in Bill Tupou.
But this guy has been seriously underestimated by the majority in the rugby league world as he has produced some sensational stuff for Trinity.
Who could forget his mesmerising full length effort against St Helens in the Super 8s last season.
But what really proved a hit was scoring 15 tries in his 26 appearances that assisted in him remaining in high regard with Head Coach Chris Chester.
Furthermore, during his run of games, he managed up to 324 carries, 26 offloads, 21 clean breaks, 47 tackle busts and 3025 metres, being the club’s joint highest with David Fifita for the latter.
So there’s no denying what a talent this guy is and no doubt more to follow in what should be another strong season for Wakefield Trinity as they may mount a challenge for honours.
3 – Kallum Watkins
Third place is Leeds Rhinos’ veteran, and arguably ‘Mr Dependable’, in Kallum Watkins.
The England International worked hard last season and even defied critics by producing a strong effort at the World Cup.
Given his previous experience, and the fact he is a Super League champion yet again, his selection should not surprise many, if not, any.
Though he only scored 13 tries in his 32 appearances, he stepped up as an accurate goal kicker, slotting him 60 successful attempts that helped the Rhinos to another Super League crown.
But is hard work showed too, with 40 offloads, 60 tackle busts and 2600 metres from 375 carries helped the Rhinos forward, and personally helped him remain a fans favourite.
Plenty of life in this talent and one truly deserving of such recognition, especially given any recent off-field struggles as Watkins is still one of Super League’s ‘top dogs’.