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3rd February 2017, 07:10 | dreamteam

Super League Dream Team: NRL Transfers

Super League Dream Team: NRL Transfers

Five NRL transfers that you’ll want in your Betfred Super League Dream Team

The start of the Betfred Super League season and start of Dream Team is just one week away. Show your managerial skills in the 2017 Betfred Super League Dream Team by clicking here.

Many players have swapped the NRL for Super League over the off-season so we’ve decided to compile a shortlist of which of them you might want to include in your final squad…

 

Mike Cooper

Cooper returns to the WA2 area for the first time since the 2013 season after his stint with St George Illawarra in the NRL.

The 28-year old has signed a three-deal with his hometown club and will be looking to help them towards their first Grand Final winners’ medal.

Coming off the back of 22 appearances for St George in 2016, Cooper will be hoping for another good return in terms of stats.

In those games, he carried the ball 283 times and amassed 2,592m. Will he make the cut for your final squad?

 

Tommy Leuluai

Another player that will return to Super League after a spell in the NRL is Tommy Leuluai, who will once again link up with the Wigan Warriors.

His previous time in cherry and white was a successful one with him making 189 appearances and scoring 60 tries in six years, as well as winning the Grand Final and Challenge Cup in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

He appeared 18 times for the New Zealand Warriors last season, scoring three tries and carrying the ball 1,179m. In addition to that, he also offloaded seven times and broke the line six times.

Will the 31-year old make your Dream Team squad ahead of his first Super League game since 2012?

Cooper in action for Warrington in 2013

Leuluai will be eager to win more trophies with Wigan

 

Greg Bird

The third player on our list that will make a return to Super League in 2017 is Greg Bird, who re-joins Catalans Dragons after a short spell in 2009.

Fresh from a 22-game season for the Gold Coast Titans in 2016, Bird will be adding to an already talented front row.

With 350 runs and 3,045m under his belt, the 32-year old would be a solid addition to any Dream Team for the 2017 campaign.

As well as putting in the hard work on attacking displays, his defensive efforts also stand out with 553 tackles last season.

 

Matt Parcell

One of Leeds’ three additions in the off-season, Matt Parcell will be a direct replacement for James Segeyaro.

Although he didn’t feature as many times as the players above, the 24-year old still ended the campaign with decent numbers in different categories.

In 15 appearances, Parcell amassed 543 tackles – an average of 36 per game – as well as breaking the line on three occasions.

The hooker also scored two tries and offloaded 12 times, so the big question is ‘Will he be the starting hooker in your Dream Team?’

Bird's metres total makes him a valuable player in Dream Team

Leeds Rhinos' Matt Parcell

 

Luke Douglas

Making the move from Gold Coast to St Helens, the 30-year old was in good form for the Titans last season.

Douglas appeared 24 times in light blue in 2016 and tackled opposition players a total of 660 times.

In addition to that, the prop carried the ball 2,475m and offloaded 12 times on his way to the NRL elimination finals.

With stats like that, Douglas should be one of the first props on your list if you’re looking for a new signing to make an impact!