Over a series of articles, I am going to run through the top five Super League players in each position. The choices are based on recent form, taking into account the end of last season and the start of this one, and we start with the picks at full-back.
5. Lachlan Coote (St Helens)
Lachlan Coote was exceptional in his first season at St Helens, only for an early-season injury to interrupt such form in 2020. The former North Queensland star will most likely shoot up this list when the league gets going again, with his high level of speed, skill and reading of the game a big part of what made Saints so good last year.
4. Jordan Rankin (Castleford Tigers)
Recently voted as our most underrated player in Super League, Jordan Rankin has become one of Castleford’s most important players since he signed from Huddersfield. The all-action full-back has thrived at the Jungle, with Tigers coach Daryl Powell really getting the best out of him, and there is no doubt plenty more to follow from Rankin when the season resumes.
3. Niall Evalds (Salford Red Devils)
Salford’s Niall Evalds has carried his red-hot form from 2019 into 2020, having already scored five tries and provided six assists this season. Evalds played a huge part in the Red Devils run to the Grand Final last season, contributing 22 tries, with his blistering pace and support play proving to be his greatest assets.
2. Sam Tomkins (Catalans Dragons)
A man still constantly written off is Catalans’ Sam Tomkins, but there is no denying his genuine skill and expert ability to read a game. Despite only playing four games this season, Tomkins has been outstanding and his performance against Hull FC, where he scored a hat-trick and caused no-end of havoc, was nothing short of mesmerising at times.
1. Bevan French (Wigan Warriors)
Few could have predicted Bevan French would be such a sensation at full-back for Wigan in 2020. The Australian ‘Billy Whizz’ has excelled in the role, setting the competition alight with his dazzling footwork and electric speed. He is one of the early favourites for the Man of Steel award and at only 24 years old, French could become a household name in Super League and a legend of the Wigan club.