So far we’ve had brutal wingers, silky centres, cunning halfbacks and powerful props, but who’ll be included today as we continue our countdown of the top 50 players in Super League?
30. Toby King
Toby King has been one of the best centres in Super League over the last few seasons and was included in the 2020 Dream Team. A try scoring machine, King can also create tries both for his winger and supporting players on his inside. With a chance of playing in the World Cup in 2022 he could kick on to another level this year.
29. Will Hopoate
One of St Helens’ new signings, Will Hopoate has bags of NRL experience winning the Australian competition a decade ago and scoring tries for fun in the process. Capable of playing anywhere across the backline be it wing, centre or even fullback, he’ll be a huge attacking asset for St Helens in 2022.
28. Richie Myler
Like teammate Kruise Leeming, Myler was one of a select few players to register over 20 try involvements in the shape of combined tries and assists. His 16 try assists was a particularly impressive tally and it’s possible he could top it in 2022 with Aidan Sezer and Blake Austin there to combine with.
27. Harry Newman
There’s a feeling at Leeds that this could be Harry Newman’s best season yet. The young centre recovered from his double leg break and returned looking better than he did before the injury, a season in which he was crowned Young Player of the Year. He finished the season strongly with a remarkable display against Hull FC and in pre-season has looked like he could very well be Leeds’ next Kallum Watkins the way he’s devastated defences. Don’t be surprised to see him included in the 2022 Dream team, he is one of the bookies’ favourites.
26. Mark Percival
To get in the Super League Dream in 2022, Newman is however going to have to outperform Mark Percival who quite rightly was included in last year’s Dream Team. Like Newman, Percival shook off some injury concerns to finish last season strongly and you get the feeling there’s more to come from the mercurial centre.
25. Aidan Sezer
A nominee for the 2020 Man of Steel, fully fit and at Leeds, Aidan Sezer looks every bit the player he was at Huddersfield in pre-season scoring two tries and creating plenty more. If he can stay fit, he could return to the top 10 of this list where he resided last season even making the top three.
24. Zak Hardaker
We saw Zak Hardaker’s best at the start of 2021, but as Wigan dwindled so did his form. However, he was still good enough to earn a place in Shaun Wane’s England squad and knowing his quality he’ll likely be included in Wane’s World Cup squad this year. It’s unknown where the former Man of Steel’s best position is fullback or centre but no matter where he figures he’s a rock in defence and has the ability to carve open opportunities in attack.
23. Paul McShane
The 2020 Man of Steel was excellent again last year and was perhaps Castleford’s best player. A fantastic organiser, he also has the wherewithal to go on his own out of dummyhalf and torment defences. He works brilliantly with the Tigers’ pack and has to be a contender for the England number nine shirt.
22. Regan Grace
There are perhaps no players who can score the kind of tries Regan Grace makes look easy. With exceptional balance and blistering pace, he can destroy any defence. He’s also capable of coming up with the big moment as we saw in the Challenge Cup semi-final last year.
21. Tom Davies
The last two seasons have cemented Tom Davies as one of the best wingers in the league. He finished both well in the hunt for the top try scorer award and if you tally up tries from the start of 2020, no one has scored more than the Catalans winger. A strong runner too, he was central to Catalans’ success in 2021 and included in the Dream Team for the second season in a row.