We are just about at the halfway point of the 2020 NRL season and like every year we have seen some player signings who have changed the game for their team and in some cases themselves.
Lets have a look at the top five best signings of the 2020 NRL season so far…
#5- REAGAN CAMPBELL-GILLARD
Former New South Wales Origin representative Reagan Campbell-Gillard was coming off of a poor season at Penrith in 2019 as the front-rower’s heart was no longer with the club.
He admitted that he had lost his passion for the game, although was confident a change of scene and a new club was just what he’d need to reinvigorate his enthusiasm for the game.
That is exactly what we have seen from RCG so far in 2020 at the Panthers local rivals in the Parramatta Eels.
Some are even suggesting that the 26-year-old is in line to reclaim a New South Wales Origin jersey.
#4- GEORGE WILLIAMS
Super League premiership winner George Williams is fast disproving the myth that English backs can’t hack it in the NRL.
Since joining the Canberra Raiders at the start of the season, Williams has successfully developed a halves partnership with 2019 Clive Churchill Medal winner Jack Wighton, even though the two boast a similar ball running g play style.
The Raiders’ form over the past few weeks has been very “up and down” but during this period Williams has remained solid and he currently sits 8th on the Dally M Leaderboard.
#3- RYAN MATTERSON
Ryan Matterson had an impressive season at the Wests Tigers in 2019 and would subsequently leave the club at the end of last year in a messy fashion.
This led many to believe that the 25-year-old would be unable to overcome this distraction and fail to live up to the hype at boyhood club the Parramatta Eels.
He was quick to prove these people wrong as Matterson’s skill has complimented the Eels well and helped turn their forward pack into a near unstoppable force.
Ryan Matterson and an Origin debut are also being mentioned in the same sentence regularly in recent times.
📊 Stat Attack: Eels slipping offloads galore to be well clear of any other team for second-phase play!https://t.co/et6deVFK8b crunch some of the numbers on the great work done by our forwards: https://t.co/pl5ZBvlynB #PARRAdise pic.twitter.com/1MR55Nea1M
— Parramatta Eels (@TheParraEels) July 10, 2020
#2- HARRY GRANT (Loan Deal)
Although this technically is a loan deal and not an out and out signing, Harry Grant has gone from a promising NRL rookie to the best player at the Wests Tigers and a Dally M Medal contender.
Grant is currently sitting 2nd on the Dally M Leaderboard and is a front runner for the Queensland Origin hooker role.
Since Grant has joined the club the Tigers have gone from bottom eight specials to top eight contenders.
Fans of the club will be hoping they can sign him on a permanent deal beyond 2020.
#1- APISAI KOROISAU
Fijian International Apisai Koroisau returned to the Penrith Panthers this season in a deal that wasn’t too fussed about at the time.
Things have since changed as the Panthers currently find themselves at the top of the ladder after missing the top eight in 2019.
Koroisau’s partnership with halfback Nathan Cleary has seen both players in career best form, as the two have arguably become the best players in the squad.
Simply put, Koroisau was the right signing, for the right club, at the the right time.