Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
The NRL has a plethora of young talent coming through its ranks ready to step up in 2020.
Here are five NRL rookies to keep a close eye on this coming season.
BILLY MAGOULIAS (SHARKS)
Greek International Billy Magoulias is a contender for the number thirteen jersey recently vacated by Cronulla Sharks legend Paul Gallen.
Magoulias has already achieved a significant amount in his very young career thus far, representing Greece, NSW U18’s and U20’s and winning the Canterbury Cup and State Championship with the Newtown Jets in 2019.
JASON SAAB (DRAGONS)
The Dragons will be looking to experiment with their squad in 2020, especially the backline.
At just 19 years of age Saab has represented NSW at the under 18’s and 20’s level and represented his country, playing for the Australian Schoolboys.
Saab was also a key part of the Dragons Canterbury Cup minor premiership winning season in 2019.
TRISTAN SAILOR (DRAGONS)
Much like Saab, Sailor will almost certainly get an opportunity through the Dragons experimenting with their squad.
Sailor has already made an impact in the NRL, impressing most with his performances in the three games his played thus far. Sailor has also had an impressive preseason from all reports, with Sailor reportedly lifting 300kg weights at training, meaning he should in top condition heading into 2020.
BRADMAN BEST (KNIGHTS)
Bradman Best managed to cement himself a spot in Newcastle’s first grade squad at the end of the 2019 NRL season in the three games he played, averaging 91 metres per game.
BRANDON WAKEHAM (BULLDOGS)
Fijian International Brandon Wakeham will likely be thrown into the deep end in 2020, starting the season in the five-eighth role for the Bulldogs after Kieran Foran has been ruled out for much of the 2020 season.
Wakeham has shown great promise at the International level, earning himself a golden boot nomination.
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