7th January 2019, 08:43 | super_league

2019 Super League: Players to watch

2019 Super League: Players to watch

The 2019 Super League season is just around the corner, and we're excited for the new Super League, here we've listed a player from each club who could make a difference for their team! Which player will you be looking out for this season? 

Castleford Tigers

Jake Trueman, in 2018 the 19-year-old was arguably the breakthrough player of the year, he backed that up by winning the Young Player of the Year award at Man of Steel. He’ll be back this year after missing the 2018 play-offs through injury. Tigers will be hoping Trueman can produce again this year, after Luke Gale ruptured his achilles tendon in pre-season.

Catalans Dragons

Sam Tomkins announced he was leaving Wigan Warriors for Catalans Dragons in May 2018, the full-back signed a three-year contract for the Perpignan side. He signed out from Wigan Warriors with a memorable Grand Final win in Shaun Wane’s last game as Warriors’ coach.

Huddersfield Giants

Jermaine McGillvary will be hoping to stay injury free this year. In 2018, the England winger scored 11 Super League tries in 18 games. Giants could have McGillvary on one wing and new signing from the NRL Akuila Uate on the other, in back-up they have Darnell McIntosh who was Giants’ top try scorer last year and he will probably feature at full-back this year. 

Hull FC

Jake Connor is Hull FC’s playmaker and the player that opposition fans love to hate. Last year, Hull ended the season in the worst possible form, and Lee Radford will be looking to Jake Connor to inspire the Airlie Birds. FC’s first game? Hull KR away and what a way to start the season than against your rivals! 

Hull KR

Kane Linnett signed a three-year deal for KR in November, joining from NRL side North Queensland Cowboys after a six-year spell with the club. Linnett won the 2015 NRL Grand Final and 2016 World Club Challenge with Cowboys and KR will be hoping he can add that winning spirit to the side. 

Leeds Rhinos

Konrad Hurrell is one of three signings from the NRL that Leeds have made in the post-season, Hurrell joins Rhinos from Gold Coast Titants and is joined by Tui Lolehea and Trent Merrin. Hurrell who represents Tonga will line-up in the centre’s alongside Kallum Watkins once he’s fit again. 

London Broncos 

Alex Walker, Broncos’ Million Pound man after that Million Pound tackle in the Million Pound Game against Toronto Wolfpack. The Scottish full-back made a tackle against Blake Wallace which was dubbed ‘The Million Pound Tackle’, the youngster put in an impressive display even after dislocating his fingers in the first minutes and he’ll need to do more of that this season as Broncos return to Super League. 

Salford Red Devils 

Jackson Hastings joined Salford towards the end of the 2018 regular season and what an impact he had for the Red Devils. Every game Hastings featured in Salford won, and the games he didn’t feature there was a gaping hole. It wasn’t the individuality that made the biggest impact but his leadership and ability to make other players better.

St Helens

Kevin Naiqama shows passion, the tears that flowed at the 2017 World Cup in Fiji’s opening game against USA during the national anthem showed the pride of the man. Saints will be hoping he produces more displays of passion in the Red Vee, alongside another new signings from the NRL, Lachlan Coote and Joseph Paulo. 

Wakefield Trinity

Tom Johnstone scored 24 Super League tries last season for Trinity, only second behind Man Of Steel winner Ben Barba. Johnstone finished off a fine season with a senior England call-up and a hat-trick on his debut against France. 

Warrington Wolves

Blake Austin will hope to make it Warrington’s year this year, two finals in 2018 and two losses. However, Wolves have made some big signings for 2019 and Blake Austin is one of them. Austin has signed from NRL side Canberra Raiders having previously played for Penrith Panthers and Wests Tigers. Wolves will be hoping it is their year and they will be hard to stop this year.

Wigan Warriors

Jarrod Sammut it’s been a roller coaster journey for Jarrod Sammut to return to Super League. Sammut signed for Wigan after helping London Broncos reach the Million Pound Game where they defeated favourites Toronto Wolfpack. The return of Zak Hardaker will be a massive boost for Wigan as they prepare for their first season without Shaun Wane.