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Ones to watch

Anthony Mitchell

Anthony found a new home at Bondi Junction in 2010, getting off to a solid start at the Roosters after several years playing mostly lower grades at Parramatta. He earned selection into the Indigenous All Stars squad earlier this year and is a very promising young hooker with a bright future.

Jack Wighton

From Orange in New South Wales, Jack has all the makings of a future star in the NRL. He captained the NSW U18 team playing at halfback and  was also a member of the 2010 Australian Schoolboy tour. A versatile player, he can play in either half position as well as centre and wing.

Dylan Farrell

Dylan has shown plenty of potential in his first two seasons, ending 2011 with 12 tries. While playing mostly at five-eight during his junior career, Dylan has played largely in the centres for Souths, and has started the 2012 season at full-back. His versatility will  work in his favor in securing a spot in a competitive Rabbitohs backline.

Ray Thompson

2011 was a real litmus test for the North Queenslander and he came through with flying colours, playing every match of the season and at an average of 82 minutes per game. In what has been a surprise move from coach Neil Henry, Ray has swapped positions with Thurston to begin the season at halfback, and it will be interesting to see whether this positional shift will improve or hinder their growing combination.

Dane Nielsen

Dane Nielsen’s stocks as a top quality NRL centre have risen since he made his State of Origin debut for QLD in 2011.  With his contract at the Storm ending this year, he’ll  be playing with added motivation and there’s sure to be plenty of interest coming his way from rival clubs. Dane scored six tries in 2011.

Nathan Peats

Nathan was a revelation for Souths in 2011 playing at hooker. A tireless worker and strong tackler, he was rewarded with Indigenous All Star selection this year after just one season in the top grade. A real find for the Rabbitohs, he has NRL quality written all over him.

Tom Learoyd Lahrs

Tom has stamped himself in recent years as one of the NRL’s best forwards, earning State of Origin selection for NSW  and also playing for Australia. He has twice been selected in the Indigenous All Stars team, and played 12 games in 2011 before missing the rest of the season due to an injured bicep. At his best Tom is one of the NRL’s most devastating runners of the ball.

Blake Ferguson

Standing 192cm tall and weighing 92kg, Blake is right up there with the most imposing and athletically gifted backs in the competition. Blake has already earned Indigenous All Stars selection and in 2011 scored 13 tries – bringing his career total to 29 tries in three seasons. Blake should find himself right in-line for New South Wales State of Origin selection this season.

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