What will Super League look like in 2031? Will a new name be added to the trophy, will there be any new teams in the league and who will be the stars of the game going into a new decade?
That’s what we’re contemplating today as we give you six players we think will win the Man of Steel before 2031.
So, without any further ado here are the six starlets we’re backing to claim the game’s biggest individual honour within the next 10 years.
The future of Trueman has been up in the air for much of this season. Warrington made a bid for the Castleford half only for the Tigers to reject the offer before Trueman himself confirmed he’d be at the Jungle in 2022. His contract comes to an end at the end of next season so he may very well leave the Tigers ahead of 2023. Wherever he plies his trade, the English halfback will continue to impress. The former Young Player of the Year was brilliant when he burst onto the scene in 2017 and has only gotten better since. A future England halfback for sure, he could become Super League’s best player over the next 10 years and that means it’s almost certain he’ll claim the Man of Steel award.
Speaking of outstanding young halfbacks, along with Trueman I believe Smith will line-up for England one day. After impressing last season, Smith has been even better this campaign producing one of the finest assists you’ll ever seen last week against Salford. Tied to Wigan with a new deal, it’s clear the higher ups at the DW Stadium recognise his potential and if he continues to progress he’ll soon be in contention for the Man of Steel.
King is one of my favourite players at the moment. The Warrington centre is the best in the league in his position and always exhilarating to watch. In fact, the Warrington man has nine tries and four assists to his name which is quite incredible in eight appearances. He’s also well on course to produce a personal best for tries in a season as he continues to improve. The way he plays, it won’t be long until he claims the game’s biggest honours including the Man of Steel.
Last year’s Grand Final hero has continued to impress in 2021. Welsby has played all across the backline this season and has become a brilliant attacking weapon for the Super League Champions. He has six tries and six assists to his name and has been a consistent attacking threat in a Saints side who have at times struggled for points. Already class, he’s only going to get better and better and will certainly claim the Man of Steel one day.
Over the last two weeks, it’s been a privilege to watch Mourge strut his stuff for the in-form Catalans Dragons. No player is as potent as the Frenchman in open space. Whether it was scampering out of the in-goal area against the Saints or tearing apart the Wigan defence last week, he’s brilliant to watch. The sky’s the limit for the fullback and he could very well be the first Frenchman to win the Man of Steel.
Leeds have plenty of brilliant youngsters coming through at the moment. I could have quite easily picked Jack Broadbent or even 17-year-old Morgan Gannon who has been tipped by some to be the next Adrian Morley. But those two still have some way to go to establish themselves as first-teamers although I think they will. Meanwhile, Harry Newman has already nailed down a starting position in recent seasons. Super League’s reigning Young Player of the Year has everything you’d want from a centre and is certainly a future England international and in my opinion headed for the Man of Steel award.