My series of the top five in-form Super League players in each position concludes with the loose forwards.
5. Ben Murdoch-Masila (Warrington Wolves)
Ben Murdoch-Masila will return to the NRL with the New Zealand Warriors next year and it’s a move he has earned thanks to his superb form over the last 12 months. Since his big-money move to Warrington, the powerhouse forward has come into his own and will be aiming to go out with a bang this season.
4. Morgan Smithies (Wigan Warriors)
As always, Wigan have plenty of talent coming through the ranks but few have the ability of Morgan Smithies. The 19-year-old has enjoyed a fantastic start to 2020, having made 261 tackles and 461 metres, while showcasing all the fearless qualities that makes him a potential future captain for club and country.
3. Morgan Knowles (St Helens)
Morgan Knowles doesn’t get the recognition he deserves in this Saints team. His brutal defence and competitiveness has added an edge to the Red Vee since becoming a regular in the side. Still only 23, Knowles has started 2020 much like he ended 2019, in superb form, and he could become a St Helens legend over the next decade.
2. Ligi Sao (Hull FC)
This may surprise some, but Hull’s new signing Ligi Sao has been one of their most impressive players this season. Rotating between various forward positions, Sao is tricky, skilful and is set to really make a mark on the competition when play resumes. At 27, he still has plenty of years in the tank and has all the attributes needed to be a success in West Hull.
1. Adam Milner (Castleford Tigers)
There are not many players in Super League who work harder than Adam Milner. He consistently puts his body on the line and has become a superb loose forward since Castleford head coach Daryl Powell switched him to the role. Milner is strong, never shies away from a tackle and is fully deserving of his recent call-up to the England squad.