DoubleD Posted January 21 Share Posted January 21 35 minutes ago, Dunbar said: As we approach the 2023 season, I thought it would be worth looking at the Brits in the NRL and what we may expect. Herbie Farnworth: In his final contract year at the Broncos. Was one of the elite centres in the NRL last until his year was cut short by a bicep injury but came back to have a good World Cup. You would expect a big year from him and huge demand for his signature from 2024 onwards. Elliot Whitehead: The last Brit at the Raiders. An old hand now but always reliable. 2022 maybe wasn't his best year but he remains ultra consistent and top drawer. Luke Thompson: In his last contracted year at the Bulldogs. He hasn't lit up the NRL as we had hoped due to suspensions and injuries. This could be a big year for him and a chance to show he is one of the elite front rowers in the game. Seeing where he lands in 2024 will be very interesting. Oliver Gildart: A one year contract at the new Dolphins franchise gives Gildart a chance to prove he belongs at this level after a disappointing stint with the Tigers and a short loan spell with the Roosters. Will he get an NRL gig is 2024? Bailey Hodgson: Desperately unlucky with injuries since his move down under. With Kayln Ponga slated to move into the halves to partner Jackson Hastings there may be a chance for Hodgson to cement the #1 jersey. Again the last year of his contract so needs to impress. Dominic Young: A breakout year in 2022 and now an international. You would expect him to kick on this year and be in demand for 2024 as again he is in the final year of his contract with the Knights. Josh Hodgson: After having his 2022 season wiped out with an ACL injury, Hodgson secured a surprise move to the Eels for this year. As title contenders, he could have a very good year. Again a 1 year deal with a club option for a second. Tom Burgess: The senior player in the Rabbitohs pack, he had another good year in 2022 and a strong World Cup. In his final year of his contract and only 30, you would expect him to play out another couple of seasons if he wanted, he has been very durable with no serious injuries as far as I can remember. I don't want to get bogged down in the eligibility chat and I know that Victor Radley is at the Roosters and Jackson Hastings at Newcastle but this is really about players who have gone from the UK to Australia while they all their junior rugby in Australia. What struck me when I typed the list is how many Brits are in the final year of their contracts - only Elliot Whitehead is contracted for 2024. With Kai Pearce-Paul and Will Pryce over there next year and many others maybe moving clubs, it will be interesting to watch developments in signings as well as performances on the pitch. (if I have missed anyone then flag and I will edit) Bateman, Walker….. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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