How the 2018 rosters are shaping up

10 May 2017
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Because the NRL persists with a stupid system that sees players signing contracts while still playing out the season with another team the free agency period is in full swing. The Tigers have been decimated, Foran is going back to Sydney and the market for Josh McCrone is heating up. I thought now would be a fun time to look at all 16 teams and see how each team is shaping up for 2018.

So, I’ve completed a depth chart for each team based on the players currently under contract (courtesy of www.zerotackle.com). Some teams are stacking up much better than others, the Raiders for example currently have every 2017 starter under contract for next season too, other teams aren’t quite so set.

If you want to see a list of all of contract players by position so you can try and fill in any holes that list is here.

Brisbane Broncos

Milford, Roberts and Boyd are the key pieces the Broncos don’t have under contract for next season. There’s also less crucial pieces like Glenn, Kahu and Blair. 

1

 

 

 

 

2

Oates

 

 

 

3

Bird

 

 

 

4

Moga

Opacic

 

 

5

Mead

Pangai

 

 

6

 Milford

 

 

7

Nikorima

 

 

 

8

Sims

Pangai

 

 

9

McCullough

 

 

 

10

Ese'ese

 

 

 

11

Thaiday

Su'A

 

 

12

Gillett

 

 

 

13

McGuire

 

 

 

 

Canberra Raiders

As mentioned the Raiders are getting the whole crew back. They’ll be looking to add some depth but that’s it.

1

Wighton

2

Rapana

3

Leilua

4

Croker

Turner

5

Cotric

6

Austin

7

Sezer

8

Paulo

Priest

9

Hodgson

Baptiste

10

Boyd

Soliola

Lui

11

Papalii

12

Whitehead

13

Bateman

Tapine

 

Canterbury Bulldogs

The Bulldogs have already added Aaron Woods and Kieran Foran. Rumours swirl on the future of James Graham but as of now he’s under contract. I doubt that the Bulldogs go into the year with Zac Woodford as the starting hooker.

1

Abbey

Carr

2

Morris

Kennar

3

Morris

4

Fine

5

Lee

6

Foran

Cleeland

7

Mbye

Frawley

Lewis

8

Graham

Woods

9

Woodford

10

Tolman

Kasiano

Tualau

11

Jackson

Martin

12

Eastwood

Faitala-Mariner

13

Klemmer

 

Cronulla Sharks

So, the Sharks only have 14 players under contract. There’s a lot to be done here although Gallen is the only elite player not under contract and he seems set to retire. They also need to find a replacement for Jack Bird.

1

Holmes

2

Feki

3

4

Leutele

5

Lee

6

Maloney

7

Townsend

8

Fifita

9

Brailey

Segeyaro

10

Prior

Seumanufagai

11

Graham

12

Capewell

13

Bukuya

 

Gold Coast Titans

A big hole at hooker with Nathan Peats not yet re-signed. Tyrone Roberts and Agnatius Paasi are the only other regulars not yet signed, while McQueen has confirmed he’s gone.

1

Hayne

2

Don

3

Copley

Sarginson

4

Hurrell

5

Vidot

Olive

6

Taylor

7

Elgey

8

James

9

10

Wallace

Vaivai

11

Proctor

12

Greenwood

13

Grevsmuhl

 

Manly Sea Eagles

The Sea Eagles are yet to add any players for 2018 and current starters Lawrence, Taufua and Winterstein are all un-signed.

1

Trbojevic

2

Wright

Wright

3

Kelly

4

Walker

5

Uate

6

Green

Hastings

7

Cherry Evans

Cullen

Wright

8

Myles

Lussick

9

Koroisau

10

Taupau

Fonua-Blake

Perrett

11

Sironen

12

Brown

Lane

13

Trbojevic

 

Melbourne Storm

Cooper Cronk is gone and Slater probably is too. As of now Brodie Croft is the only true half under contract with Jahrome Hughes more of a utility. The Storm are also losing Jordan McLean and Tohu Harris, while Nelson Asofa Solomona is unsigned. After flirtations with Milford they are interested in a half and have money to spend.

1

Munster

Papenhuyzen

2

Addo Carr

Olam

3

Blair

Tatupu

4

Scott

5

Vunivalu

Tonumaipea

6

Hughes

7

Croft

8

Glasby

Welch

Leuluai

9

Smith

Smith

10

Bromwich

Kamikamica

11

Kaufusi

Stimson

12

Bromwich

13

Finucane

 

Newcastle Knights

Ponga is coming but this side still looks pretty weak. The only key player not signed is Dane Gagai. Newcastle will be linked to almost everybody because they have money to spend and no one wants to take it.

1

Ponga

2

Ross

3

C Mata'utia

4

Pat Mata'utia

5

Sio

Denniss

6

Lamb

7

Hodkinson

Cogger

8

Saifiti

9

Levi

Kostjaysn

10

King

11

S. Mata'utia

Saifiti

12

Buhrer

Wardle

13

Barnett

 

New Zealand Warriors

The Warriors have lost Foran and Lolohea is under contract but seems set to leave. That leaves a hole partnering Johnson as Hingano isn’t under contract either, he is expected to sign though. First grade regulars Gavet, Gubb (sounds like he’s going to the Cowboys), Thompson, Lillyman, Hoffman, Ayshford and Vete are all unsigned. The Warriors are probably better without a few of those guys, I’m talking about you Gubb, Lillyman, Hoffman and Ayshford. They are in desperate need of some front rowers.

1

Tuivasa-Sheck

2

Vatuvei

3

Fusitu'a

Pauga

4

Kata

5

Maumalo

6

7

Johnson

8

Lisone

9

Luke

Tevaga

10

Papalii

11

Afoa

12

Harris

13

Mannering

 

North Queensland Cowboys

JT isn’t under contract but he probably isn’t going anywhere. Jordan McLean is the big addition to date.

1

Coote

2

Anderson

3

O'Neill

Bowen

4

Linnett

5

Winterstein

Jensen

6

Morgan

7

Hampton

8

Scott

9

Granville

Chudleigh

10

McLean

Hoare

11

Hess

Wright

12

Lowe

13

Taumalolo

Fensom

 

Parramatta Eels

The Eels have added Mitchell Moses with speculation that he’ll join this season on-going, they’ve also added Kane Evans. The Eels are bringing back most of their key players with Semi Radradra the only one leaving.

1

Gutherson

2

Hoffman

3

Jennings

4

Takairangi

5

French

6

Moses

Fogarty

7

Norman

8

Evans

Matagi

Edwards

9

Pritchard

de Gois

10

Mannah

Alvaro

Vave

11

Ma'u

Morris

12

Moeroa

Scott

13

Brown

 

Penrith Panthers

The Panthers didn’t muck around waiting for the salary cap to be set as they already have 27 players under contract. Every key player is back. That might be the only thing Panthers’ fans can be happy about as they reflect on two wins this season over the teams sandwiching them at the bottom of the ladder.

1

Moylan

Edwards

2

Watene-Zelezniak

Blake

3

Hiku

Whare

4

Peachey

5

Mansour

6

Martin

May

7

Cleary

Luke

8

Latu

Leota

McKendry

Clark

9

Wallace

Rein

10

Tamou

Campbell-Gillard

Kikau

Browne

11

Fisher-Harris

Yeo

12

Cartwright

Cartwright

13

Merrin

 

St. George Illawarra Dragons

The Dragons have added Ben Hunt but their attention really needs to turn to the outside backs. Right now Dugan, Nightingale, Lafai, Mann and Milne are unsigned.

1

Dufty

 

2

Garrick

 

3

Aitken

 

4

MacDonald

 

5

Herbert

 

6

Widdop

 

7

Hunt

 

Field

8

Vaughan

 

Host

9

McInnes

 

Robson

10

Ah Mau

 

Lawrie

11

Thompson

 

Sims

Kerr

12

Frizell

 

Leilua

13

de Belin

 

Sele

 

South Sydney Rabbitohs

The Rabbitohs have been in reverse for a couple of seasons and as of now they’ve added no new blood for 2018. Goodwin, Gray, Sutton and Johnston are all unsigned.

1

Inglis

2

Burns

Graham

3

Hunt

4

Talakai

5

Jennings

Hiroti

6

Walker

7

Reynolds

Tracey

8

Musgrove

Clark

9

Cook

Farrah

10

Burgess

Burgess

11

Crichton

Murray

12

Turner

Fuimaono

13

Burgess

 

 

 

 

 

Sydney Roosters

The Roosters have added price piece James Tedesco but with Gordon, Kenny Dowall, Ferguson and Tupou unsigned there’s still some gaps in the outside backs. Aidan Guerra is also unsigned.

1

Tedesco

2

3

Manu

4

Mitchell

5

6

Keary

Matterson

7

Pearce

Watson

Nikorima

8

Waerea-Hargreaves

Vunakece

Gray

Faamausili

9

Friend

Garvey

10

Napa

Knight

Mitchell

Collins

11

Cordner

12

Aubusson

Butcher

13

Taukeiaho

Liu

 

Wests Tigers

The Tigers will lose Moses, Woods and Tedesco. They have added Josh Reynolds, Matulino and McQueen while Lolohea has been speculated as the replacement for Tedesco at fullback. I’m not sure the Tigers have seen Lolohea play fullback or they wouldn’t be contemplating that move.

1

2

Nofoaluma

3

Suli

4

Chee Kam

Felise

5

Watene-Zelezniak

6

Reynolds

7

Brooks

8

Matulino

Twal

9

Liddle

10

Sue

11

Lawrence

Marsters

12

McQueen

Aloiai

13

Taylor

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