Dream XIII of NRL players off-contract

(From left to right) Corey Norman, Ash Taylor, Danny Levi and Aaron Woods

We’ve taken a look at some of the best off-contract players in the NRL…

1 Will Smith

The Parramatta Eels utility back has made 75 appearances since his debut in 2014. The 29-year-old, who captained the Eels for the first time in round 25 in 2021, has also represented Indigenous All Stars in 2016 and remains without a contract for the 2022 season. 

2 Edrick Lee

Edrick Lee has made more than 100 career appearances in the NRL across spells with Canberra Raiders, Cronulla Sharks and Newcastle Knights. The 28-year-old also represented Queensland in 2020, and missed the majority of the 2021 season through injuries.

3 Will Chambers

Will Chambers returned to rugby league midway through the 2021 season to join Cronulla Sharks, having previously featured for Melbourne Storm across two spells and representing Queensland and Australia. While he has had some controversial moments on the field since his return this year, he would be an experienced centre for any club to pick up.

4 Gerard Beale

Gerard Beale was limited to only seven appearances for New Zealand Warriors in the 2020 NRL season, and he announced his retirement at the end of that season. However, he returned in May 2021 to sign with St George Illawarra, and remains without a contract for 2022 but is said to be keen to play on.

5 Jorge Taufua

Jorge Taufua is one of the hardest hitters in the game, and has represented New South Wales City, Tonga and Samoa, and has played his whole career to date with Manly Sea Eagles since making his debut in 2012. He remains without a contract for 2022.

6 Corey Norman 

Corey Norman was informed earlier this year by the Dragons that he wouldn’t be offered a new contract, and so remains without a club for 2022. He has previously spoken about his desire to stay in the NRL, previously featuring for Brisbane Broncos and Parramatta Eels, while also making one appearance for Queensland. 

7 Ash Taylor

Ash Taylor, 26, has been released by Gold Coast Titans and is now looking for a new club in 2022. The half-back has made more than 100 appearances for the Titans.

8 Aaron Woods

Aaron Woods is without a club for next season, having played more than 230 NRL games over stints with the Wests Tigers, Canterbury Bulldogs and Cronulla Sharks.

9 Danny Levi

Danny Levi could be seen in Super League in 2022, with the hooker without a contract for next season. He has previously featured for Newcastle Knights and Manly Sea Eagles, while winning four caps for New Zealand and one for Samoa. 

10 Leeson Ah Mau

Leeson Ah Mau has made more than 200 NRL appearances over stints with New Zealand Warriors, North Queensland Cowboys and St George Illawarra. He has represented both Samoa and New Zealand on the international stage, and will no doubt still have a few years left in the tank at the age of 31. 

11 Tyrone Peachey

Tyrone Peachey, like Taylor, was recently released by the Titans, but won’t be short of offers. Peachey can feature almost all over the rugby league field, and makes our list at second-row. He represented New South Wales in 2018, and has more than 170 NRL appearances with Cronulla Sharks, Penrith Panthers and the Titans.

12 Shane Wright

North Queensland Cowboys back-rower Shane Wright is yet to re-sign for 2022, and has been linked with a move to Super League. He made his debut in round 24 of the 2017 NRL season, and has gone on to make 41 appearances for the club. 

13 Dunamis Lui

Dunamis Lui is a Samoa international who can play at both prop and lock. Making his debut in 2010 for Brisbane Broncos, he has gone on to play for Manly Sea Eagles and St George Illawarra Dragons before finding a home in the capital with Canberra Raiders. The Queensland representative is yet to be offered a new contract for 2022. 

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