New signings are always under pressure to perform for their new clubs, especially if there was a lot of attention surrounding the transfer. But, just which five Super League signings have impressed the most so far in 2021?
5. Ryan Hall
After a disastrous two-year hiatus at Sydney Roosters, Ryan Hall returned to Super League with Hull KR to perhaps prove a point. Well, he’s done just that, crossing the line three times in two games as well as performing admirably in carrying the ball out of defence. Many said he would be past it at 33 years of age, but the winger has showed that he most definitely isn’t.
4. Elijah Taylor
There have been very few silver linings on the Salford cloud in 2021 so far with two heavy defeats ruining Richard Marshall’s honeymoon period at the AJ Bell Stadium. But, one bright light has been Elijah Taylor who moved to the Red Devils from the NRL after more than a decade Down Under. His workmanlike attitude in defence has proved to be a big hit amongst the Salford faithful whilst he has shown that he never shirks an important carry.
3. Niall Evalds
Niall Evalds had gone through a messy end to his Salford stay, with the pressure on him to thrive at Castleford after making the high-profile move. So far, though, that pressure seems to have slipped over Evalds’ head as the fullback has fitted in seamlessly, playing masterfully in round one and having a solid game in round two. Finally, it seems, the Tigers have solved their fullback problem at the club.
2. Zane Tetevano
Much was made of Zane Tetevano’s transfer to Leeds in the off-season from NRL side Penrith, but boy has he lived up to expectations. The loose-forward has impressed greatly in the Rhinos’ opening two Super League games – even in defeat against Castleford. Always willing to put himself about in defence as well as taking metre-eating runs, the New Zealander certainly looks like he will be a thorn in many sides in 2021.
1. Josh Reynolds
Though enduring a disappointing end to his stint with Wests Tigers in the NRL, Josh Reynolds has started like a house on fire at the KCOM Stadium, impressing thoroughly with his two starts. In fact, linking up with Brett Hodgson again seems to have rekindled the halfback’s passion for rugby league and Hull are certainly reaping the rewards. Definitely a Man of Steel candidate even this early on in the season, Reynolds looks set to be a new cult hero on Humberside.