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Top 5 Super League signings of 2017

Posted 20th April 2017 at 12:56 By Sam Taylor

News | Updated: 20th April 2017 at 12:56

With the Betfred Super League season now in full swing, Sam Taylor picks out his top five signings of 2017 so far...

Morgan Escare - Wigan Warriors

Nobody was sure how the French International would fare at the most successful British club in history. With marquee signing Sam Tomkins out until the end of May, Escare had big shoes to fill. Everyone knew about his broken field running game, but coach Shaun Wane has managed to develop Escare in to a more complete player with an accurate passing and more confidence as the last line of defence.

Matt Parcell - Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos were desperately on the lookout for a hooker after the controversial exit of James Segeyaro. Parcell signed a three-year deal in December and came with the reputation of being one of the fastest hookers in the NRL. One thing that is evident is that he runs his blood to water, making over 30 tackles per game as well as using his scooting abilities to make valuable yards for Leeds.

Greg Eden - Castleford Tigers

When Eden moved from Castleford to Huddersfield in 2011, then coach Nathan Brown dubbed him the ‘British Billy Slater’. He then moved to Hull KR where his career floundered as his defensive blunders outweighed his attacking prowess. A fresh start with the Brisbane Broncos followed, where he played seven games on the wing but most his time was spent at feeder club South Logan Magpies. His move back to Super League has been a revelation. The Tigers flowing play has meant that Eden is the current top try scorer in Super League with 14 tries.


Zak Hardaker - Castleford Tigers

Hardaker left the struggling Leeds Rhinos to join Penrith midseason last year, making a respectable 11 appearances and scoring one try as the Panthers crashed out at the semi-final stage of the play-offs. He then joined Cas on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal where he has got back to his 2015 form, establishing an unstoppable back three partnership with Eden and Greg Minikin.

Albert Kelly - Hull FC

Kelly made the controversial switch from city rivals Hull KR who dropped down to the Championship after their heart-breaking defeat to Salford in the Million Pound Game. His elusive running game at stand-off has complimented the organisation and direction given by Marc Sneyd. He also has an eye for the try line with nine tries so far this season. The Australian signed a one-year extension on Wednesday to the joy of the black and white faithful.

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