2018 NRL Movers 13


There has been quite a few players swapping jerseys ahead of 2018, so we decided to have a bit of fun with it and have built a squad of 13 players that have all got new clubs for the 2018 season, and a little bit about why they made our squad.

1. James Tedesco (Tigers to Roosters)
Teddy makes the cut for obvious reasons, he is undoubtedly one of, if not, the best fullback in the game right now, the former Tigers man announced his move earlier in 2017, we have absolutely no doubts he will carry on his fine form in 2018.

2. Dane Gagai (Knights to Rabittohs)
Dane Gagai has been the shinning light in very dark times at Newcastle, he has shown his quality and earned Australia caps and Origin jerseys as a reward, it's  likely that Gagai will feature on the wing at the Rabbitohs and will eventually take the reigns at fullback from an ageing Greg Inglis.

3. Jack Bird (Sharks to Broncos)
Bird left the Sharks a centre, is capable of playing fullback, and has been rumored to be in the running for a halves or 13 jersey at his new club, the Broncos, all we know for certain is that he is a quality player and definitely deserves to feature in this squad. At the age of 21 he made his debut as an origin player, he is yet to grab an Australia cap, partially down to requiring surgery during the World Cup, but we get the feeling 2018 will be the year Bird will truly reach his potential.

4. Josh Dugan (Dragons to Sharks)
Shane Flanagan came out publicly saying Holmes is the Sharks fullback for 2018 and beyond, with Dugan signing for the Sharks, it seems fairly obvious he will be put into the centre at his new club. Dugan is a really powerful, talented player, let's hope his season isn't hampered by injury as has happened in previous years.

5. Mahe Fonua (Hull FC to Tigers)
The NRL return of the Tongan Tank, Mahe Fonua, Mahe left Melbourne for the Super League in 2016, he would play 58 games, scoring 31 tries at his time with Hull. This didn't go unnoticed in the NRL and the Wests Tigers would acquire his services for the 2018 season, we will have to wait and see if the 25 year-old can continue his form with the Tigers.

6. Mitchell Pearce (Roosters to Knights)
There was quite a few playmaker's changing teams for the 2018 season, when Cooper Cronk was confirmed as Roosters' player, Mitchell Pearce wanted out through fear of losing his spot. There would be weeks of rumors as to where Pearce would call home in 2018, eventually Pearce was confirmed as a Knights' player. Pearce is an Origin regular, Premiership Winner and all round great player, it really strong recruit for the new look Knights side.

7. Cooper Cronk (Storm to Roosters)
Cooper Cronk, easy choice, World Cup Winner, Dally M Halfback, Premiership Winner, Origin regular and winner do we have to say anymore?

8. James Graham (Bulldogs to Dragons)
An English giant who plays with his heart on his sleeve, he became an icon at the Bulldogs, unfortunately forced out by the signing of Aaron Woods, but St George will be the benefactors of this move. Graham gives everything he has and so much more when he plays, he displays so much passion and pride when he plays, he will also be a great mentor to the forwards around him.

9. Siliva Havili (Unattached to Raiders)
Havili seemed to be the answer to the question"what do we do now?" when the Raiders lost first choice hooker Josh Hodgson to an ACL injury in the World Cup. Coincidentally in the same game that Havili would highlight just how much talent he has in the 9 jersey, unbelievable to think that less than 3 weeks ago he was without a club for the 2018 season, as the Dragons showed no interest in resigning the Tongan.

10. Russell Packer (Dragons to Tigers)
Packer is a reformed man since the incident that looked like it may just have ended his Rugby League career, 2016 was about him feeling his way back into the game, 2017 was the year he really showed just how far he had come, earning him Anzac and World Cup call ups for the Kiwis, if the Tigers can get him playing the right way, you are looking at a dangerous forward in 2018.

11. Jordan McLean (Storm to Cowboys)
McLean had a fantastic year, both at domestic and international level, the big forward bolsters the Cowboys' pack and brings yet more danger to the North Queensland ranks.

12. Tohu Harris (Storm to Warriors)
Tohu Harris has been a real workhorse for the Melbourne Storm in his time with them, he now takes on a new challenge with the Warriors, and could well be one of the players to bring extra strength and structure to a new look Warriors pack.

13. Jacob Lillyman (Warriors to Knights)
Jacob Lillyman may be in the twilight of his career, but one thing is for sure, he is a quality signing, he's an Origin regular and impact player coming from the bench. He will be able to mentor some of the Knights young forwards and will definitely make an impact when he makes the field.

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