The NRL’s top five players in terms of value for money have all been named, along with some new faces who will add to the list.1.
Anthony MilfordThe Warriors prop has emerged as one of the NRL’s most valuable players, earning an All Australian nod for the first time this season after becoming a late replacement for injured player Matt Moylan.
Milford has been a consistent force for the Warriors and will be hoping to recapture that form when the Warriors host the Broncos in the first of three pre-season games in July.
Milburne has averaged 19 disposals, two goals, nine tackles and a goal assist in his career, with his best performance coming in the finals series against the Broncos where he played 23 possessions, three goals and eight tackles.2.
Dane GagaiMilford is back after missing two games due to a knee injury and the reigning premiership player has returned to full fitness after missing the finals with a groin injury.
Milf was one of two Warriors players who missed the finals because of injury.
His absence came just weeks after he was forced to pull out of the Warriors’ first two games after an injury.
Gagai is another of the most consistent performers in the NRL and is a favourite with Warriors fans.
He has been the face of the club for the past two seasons and has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the Warriors backline.3.
Adam ReynoldsThe former Canterbury Bulldogs skipper is an integral part of the team this season and has become one of New Zealand’s best performers, racking up 10 goals, 11 clearances, eight tackles and five goals for the Waratahs.
Reynolds has also shown he is an important cog in the Warriors defence, rivalling Josh Papalii and the competition’s best player at times.4.
Josh DuganThe Raiders’ most valuable player this season has returned from a five-month lay-off after being sidelined for a number of months with a knee reconstruction.
Dugan is back in the form that earned him a spot on the All Australian side.
Dugal has also been a regular contributor in the Raiders backline this season, playing every game and registering seven goals.5.
Blake FergusonBlake Ferguson has been one of those players who have enjoyed a rapid rise through Australian rugby league’s hierarchy, rumbling from the bench to being the most important player in the league this season.
Ferguson has proven to be a vital player for the Roosters in the top eight and he looks set to be one of their best players for the start of the season.6.
Ben HuntBen Hunt has been arguably the most productive player in Super League this season with five goals and nine clearances in nine games.
Hunt has played every game this season for the Broncos and is averaging 26 disposals and five tackles per game.7.
Luke KearyThe Kiwi has been at the heart of New South Wales’ backline for the best part of two seasons, rifling through the opposition’s defence in the Broncos’ recent premiership run.
Keary has become a key player for Souths this season as they are one of only two teams to win all five of their matches.
Kears is also one of three players to score four goals in a single game this year.8.
Dylan WalkerWalker has been an important player for NSW Cup winners Souths in recent years, scoring six goals in six matches in the competition.
Walker has been solid in the halves for the Blues and is also a key cog in their defence.9.
Josh ReynoldsThe Cowboys prop has been playing a big role for the Cowboys in the backline, raking in 14 tackles in the Cowboys’ four wins this season – the most in the entire competition.
Reynolds was a constant threat from set-piece and has played a key role in their ability to maintain the line at all times this season despite their inconsistency.10.
Josh McGuireThe Titans prop has become the NRL equivalent of Josh Dugal for some time now and has been instrumental in their dominance this season following his retirement from the game in late 2016.
He is a key contributor for the Titans in the forward pack and is one of four players to average more than 30 disposals in the side.11.
David TaylorThe Titans forward has been part of NSW Cup favourites the Knights for the last two seasons following his return from a knee reconstructive surgery.
Taylor is the most valuable forward in the game this term and he will be looking to add more to his career in 2017.12.
Ryan JamesThe Bulldogs forward is an absolute superstar for the Bulldogs this season in the middle of the field and has consistently played at an elite level for his club.
James has been consistently the Bulldogs’ best player for most of his career and is set to have an excellent year for the club.13.
Corey NormanThe Cowboys star has been linked with a move to the Broncos, but has played his best football in the Roos’ midfield this season having started all six