Top Five Stand-offs Heading Into 2019!

The guys who help run the show, the five-eighths! They arguably have the most important job on that field of play but which ones will shine this season?!

 

5) Jonny Lomax

First up is the adaptable Jonny Lomax. The 28-year-old is set to celebrate his testimonial year and many can agree it has been richly rewarded.

Lomax has been one of St Helens’ key performers over the years, having rotated between full-back and stand-off last season has made him one of the competitions most dangerous players.

Last season alone saw him amass 13 try assists and 15 clean breaks as well as scoring 17 tries and heading into such a landmark year, he will want to crown off in style!

4) George Williams

Now one who has been attracting attention from down under in George Williams.

There has been speculation of a move to the NRL for the Wiganer and it is hardly a surprise as his form over the past few years has helped Wigan to the Super League title on two occasions.

He devastating side-step and dummy saw him top Wigan’s try assists with 17 as well as managing over 2000 metres and 27 offloads when with ball in hand, and already with a Young Player of the Year award behind him, will only strive for better things in 2019.

 

3) Albert Kelly

A figure who has been controversial in the rugby league world in Albert Kelly.

Whether it has been on the field or at McDonald’s, Kelly is an individual who is able to leave many frustrated and all with good reason!

The 27-year-old’s devastating attack has helped him become a contender for the Man of Steel award in the past and though his side collapsed late last season, all the more reason to focus on whether he can assist to remedy such a situation.

2) Tuimoala Lolohea

Runner-up is one of Leeds’ high profile players in Tuimoala Lolohea.

The Tongan international arrives over to Leeds in the hopes of, once again, reviving the Rhinos’ flagging fortunes.

Having spent five years between New Zealand Warriors and Wests Tigers, plus ten international caps, the 23-year-old should be an exciting addition to Leeds and Super League itself.

 

1) Blake Austin

Finally, all the focus has to be on Blake Austin, the one who is finally going to help Warrington’s ‘pipedream’ of becoming Super League champions a reality, right?!

Having spent eight years between Penrith Panthers, Wests Tigers and Canberra Raiders, the Australian now has the ‘sacred’ task of helping heavy spending Warrington to their first ever title.

He certainly has the capability with his kicking and handling plus a strong and agile team around him, but it is whether the maturity and ability to connect is there but only time will tell!

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