There are so many talented young players to be excited about watching in Super League this season.
For the purpose of this feature, we have picked one young player from each club in the top flight that we are looking forward to watching in 2021…
Castleford Tigers – Jacques O’Neill
The 21-year-old has a very bright future in the game. O’Neill has made 24 first team appearances for Castleford since making his debut in 2019. The Cumbrian is a no-nonsense hooker who has an impressive work rate.
Catalans Dragons – Arthur Mourgue
The Frenchman is one of the most exciting prospects in the game at present. The 21-year-old made his first team debut for Catalans in 2018 and has made seven appearances so far. Mourgue can play full-back or half-back and has remarkable footwork.
Huddersfield Giants – Jake Wardle
Wardle was one of the best centres in Super League in 2020. The 22-year-old has scored 12 tries in 39 appearances for the Giants to date and is simply electric when he has the ball in his hands.
Hull FC – Joe Cator
Cator has made more than 70 carer appearances despite only being 22. The loose forward was superb for his boyhood club Hull in 2020, making 13 appearances. He brings plenty of aggression and is a fan’s favourite at the KCOM Stadium.
Hull Kingston Rovers – Jez Litten
Litten made the move across the city from Hull to Hull KR ahead of 2020, and he made a good impression at the Robins. The 22-year-old made nine appearances for Tony Smith’s side last season and will definitely be one to watch in 2021.
Leeds Rhinos – Tom Holroyd
Holroyd made his debut for Leeds in 2018 but he is still only 19 years of age. The prop forward played nine games for Richard Agar’s Rhinos in 2020 and will be looking for more game time this year. He is an explosive prop who is hard to stop for opposition defences.
Leigh Centurions – Craig Mullen
Mullen is one of the most versatile players in Super League, being able to play full-back, wing, centre, half-back or hooker. The 22-year-old has made a permanent switch to Leigh from Wigan ahead of the 2021 season, and he will be looking to make his mark in the top flight this year. Mullen is a fast player and possesses neat footwork.
Salford Red Devils – Jack Wells
Wells came through the ranks at Wigan but has joined boyhood club Salford on a three-year deal. The 23-year-old forward made 18 first team appearances for the Warriors as well as enjoying loan spells at Swinton and Toronto. He has a good work ethic and is a strong ball carrier.
St Helens – Jack Welsby
Most rugby league fans will know who Welsby is now, with the 19-year-old scoring the match-winning try for St Helens against Wigan in the Grand Final last season. Welsby has already scored 12 tries in 30 games for Saints and is being tipped as a future England international.
Wakefield Trinity – Innes Senior
The 20-year-old has joined Wakefield on a season-long loan from Huddersfield. Senior spent time on loan at Trinity in 2020, scoring four tries in seven games for the club. The 6ft 4in winger has pace to burn and will be looking for regular game time in 2021.
Warrington Wolves – Danny Walker
Walker has a lot of experience already, having played 30 games for Widnes before his move to hometown club Warrington. The 21-year-old made 16 appearances for the Wolves in 2020 and made a big impact when coming off the bench for Daryl Clark.
Wigan Warriors – Ethan Havard
The 20-year-old is one of the best young forwards in the game right now. The Bulgaria-born prop made his first team debut in 2019 and has since played 12 games for the Warriors. The 6ft 4in front-rower is a strong ball carrier and has a high work rate.
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