The man behind NRL Tips, Steve Green, is gearing up for another big 2018 just a month out from the season kick-off.
The 2018 National Rugby League season is due to start in 34 days and from a punters perspective, Round 1 is shaping up to be the most interesting start on record!
In all my time monitoring off-season player movements, I cannot recall a season where so many key players have moved clubs.
The biggest five player movements in my opinion are below:
- Mitchell Pearce moving from the Roosters to the Knights.
Say what you want about Pearce at Origin level but at NRL club level, the often unfairly maligned half has always delivered and he is a real coup for Nathan Brown. With the Knights’ squad looking unrecognisable to the team Brown inherited, the Novocastrians have every reason to be optimistic about 2018.
- James Tedesco moving from Wests to the Roosters.
Although a lot of the focus has been on Cronk, I really do think Tedesco is the more important signing. The Roosters already had some great outside backs, but with Tedesco chiming in out wide I think the likes of Mitchell and Tupou will prove very hard to stop. The NSW fullback is real loss to the Tigers, who relied on the speedy No. 1 for so much of their attacking fire power.
- Ben Hunt moving from the Broncos to the Dragons.
The Dragons may have paid a lot of money to secure Hunt, but I believe in time the fans will see this as money well spent. Hunt has shown glimpses of why he is the newest million-dollar man, but in partnering Widdop I think the Dragons now have one of the premier halves pairings in the game.
- Jordan McLean’s move from the Storm to the Cowboys.
With McClean and Scott up front, and Taumaolo and Cooper in the back row, coach Paul Green is fast assembling the best forward pack in the game. McLean had a break out year in 2017 and I expect him to be even better in 2018. After suffering a shocking injury run, expect the Cowboys to be amongst the leaders in 2018 and to send off JT in style.
- Matt Moylan from the Panthers to the Sharks.
I know a lot of fans think that the Sharks have lost out in the deal to swap Moylan with Maloney but I disagree. Moylan was not at his best last year, but it is becoming quite clear that Panthers coach Anthony Griffin is a hard man to play under. Being mentored by Shane Flanagan and playing behind a tough experienced forward pack, I expect to see Moylan get back to his best and prove to be a great pick up for the Sharks.
The good news for Champion Bet subscribers is that this many player movements will create a lot of betting opportunities early in the season, as the bookies usually have a hard time measuring just how well a team’s recruitment has been. Expect a lot of action from Round One onward as we look to capitalise on this before the form line becomes clearer.
I have absolutely loaded up on one team at good odds, who I think are being massively underrated by the market and offer terrific value in the Top 4, Half way leader (after 12 rounds) and Premiership market. I even think this team’s kicker is great value to be leading point scorer.
All subscribers will find out who this tip is next week when I put out my full 2018 season preview.
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