4 – John Bateman
Next up is England International John Bateman. He didn’t have a lot of luck with injury last year but when he returned, he was quite the talent.
Having scored five tries in his 16 appearances was a good effort. The year before saw him score 13 tries in 27 appearances; for a forward, that is quite impressive.
He owes his dangerous attacking threat for such an achievement. His strength going forward has seen him slow opposition down for Wigan to utilise.
That and his side-stepping ability. plus his offloads helped Wigan to their fourth Super League title in 2016 followed by a World Club Challenge triumph against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.
He even surprised many with a strong account of himself in the centre position at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, almost helping England to a triumph in the tournament.
If any Wigan Warrior will pose a constant threat in 2018, Bateman is your man in the hopes of helping the Warriors back to the top after an average 2017 season.
3 – Sika Manu
Third place is Hull FC’s 2017 Player of the Year Sika Manu.
This Tongan powerhouse was simply sensational for the Airlie Birds as he helped them record another strong season.
The work horse managed 750 tackles, 2000 metres and 39 tackle busts last season, but add 628 tackles and 49 tackle busts from him in 2016 then you really do have a superb purchase on your hands.
He owes his sheer brute force to such accolades that helped him quickly win the ‘Old Faithful’ over.
Though he only scored two tries last season for Hull, making 32 appearances just goes to show how important this guy is as he helped keep them successful.
The 30-year-old is certainly one to watch out for in 2018 as he and Hull aim for more silverware.