My series of the top five in-form Super League players in each position continues and today it’s the turn of the hookers.
5. Michael McIlorum (Catalans Dragons)
McIlorum’s decision to leave Wigan surprised many but he has been superb in the South of France over the last few seasons. Maintaining every bit of his aggressive style, the Leeds-born hooker remains a candidate for England selection after his superb start to 2020 for Catalans.
4. Brad Dwyer (Leeds Rhinos)
Dwyer has made a home for himself at Headingley and is now excelling in a winning team. Arguably the Rhinos best player in 2019, the crafty no.9 has continued his fine form early on in this campaign and would have cherished his performance, try and victory over former club Warrington.
3. James Roby (St Helens)
Now 34, James Roby is showing no signs of slowing down after 15 years at the top. The former Man of Steel is arguably the greatest hooker Super League has ever seen, and as his career reaches its climax, he looks likely to bow out at the top. Instrumental in Saints dominance last year, Roby will be key again when the season resumes.
2. Paul McShane (Castleford Tigers)
McShane is probably Castleford’s most consistent player of the last five years. He makes breaks, tackles fearlessly and is the ultimate competitor. The Tigers young half-back pairing have received most of the credit for their impressive start this season, however McShane’s creativity and control around the ruck has played a huge part too.
1. Daryl Clark (Warrington Wolves)
Although injuries have hampered Clark’s start to 2020, it’s hard to argue that he’s not the best no.9 in Super League given the way he played last season. The 2019 Lance Todd winner is quick, direct and can change the momentum of a game in an instant. When play resumes this season, don’t be surprised to see Clark lead Warrington’s assault on that elusive Super League title.