7th February 2017, 16:45 | dreamteam

Super League Dream Team: Breakthrough Players

Super League Dream Team: Breakthrough Players

Following impressive breakthrough seasons in 2016, we look at five young players who could score you plenty of Dream Team points this campaign.


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Ryan Brierley (Huddersfield Giants)

Ryan Brierley mainly featured at full-back for Huddersfield in 2016 but has been handed the number seven shirt for this season and will be looking to make a bigger impact at scrum-half.

The 24-year-old was a prolific try-scorer while at Leigh and was the Centurions’ top scorer for four consecutive seasons.

Brierley scored five Super League tries last campaign as part of a Giants team which struggled and finished bottom of the table after 23 rounds.

Should Brierley create an effective half-back partnership with Scotland teammate Danny Brough he could be a great selection for your Dream Team.


Ashton Golding (Leeds Rhinos)

Following the departure of Zak Hardaker to Castleford, Ashton Golding has been handed the number one shirt this season by Leeds head coach Brian McDermott.

Golding shared the full-back position in 2016 with Liam Sutcliffe but appears to have done enough to become first choice in the role ahead of this campaign.

The 20-year-old crossed for two tries in his 13 appearances last season as part of a Leeds side which scored the fewest points in the league after 23 rounds.

Should the Rhinos return to the top end of the table this season Golding could be a great selection for your Dream Team.


Oliver Gildart (Wigan Warriors)

After holding down a first team spot in 2016, Oliver Gildart is now one of Wigan’s two first choice centres.

The 20-year-old scored nine tries last season including a crucial try in the Grand Final which brought Wigan level against Warrington.

Shaun Wane has shown his faith in the youngster and Gildart should pick up plenty of Dream Team points as part of a strong Warriors attack and resilient defence.


Matt Whitley (Widnes Vikings)

Matt Whitley broke into the Widnes team towards the end of the 2015 season but last year became an integral part of Denis Betts’ side.

The 21-year-old second-rower scored six tries in 2016 and was impressive in defence amassing 819 tackles with Widnes having the fourth best defensive record after 23 rounds.

Whitley was shortlisted for the Young Player of the Year award last season and will be targeting another impressive campaign this season.


Fouad Yaha (Catalans Dragons)

Fouad Yaha became a regular in Catalans’ first team midway through last season and following Pat Richards’ retirement is expected to start on the wing this year.

The 20-year-old scored eight tries in 15 appearances in 2016 and should continue his try scoring exploits this year.

Selecting two high-flying wingers is important for picking up valuable Dream Team points and Yaha could turn out to be one of the competition’s highest try-scorers.