As the 2021 Super League season edges closer, we’ll be going through players to watch in each position.
Last week, we looked at six full-backs to watch in 2021, as we now move on to wingers in the Super League competition…
Ash Handley – Leeds Rhinos
The Leeds winger finished the regular 2020 Super League season as the top try scorer with 14, while also crossing for two tries in the club’s Challenge Cup final victory over Salford at Wembley.
A standout performer for the Rhinos last season, Handley was named in Shaun Wane’s England train-on squad and will be eyeing up an England spot ahead of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
Regan Grace – St Helens
The Welsh winger scored 10 Super League tries in 2020, the sixth most in the competition.
Grace’s rise in Super League has been impressive since his debut in 2017 , and is now no doubt one of the most entertaining players in the competition, and we’re looking forward to watching him represent Wales at the end of the year under John Kear.
Dom Manfredi – Wigan Warriors
Manfredi was limited to just 11 appearances in 2020 due to injuries, and will be hoping to get back to his best with a full pre-season behind him.
The 27-year-old has had his fair share of bad luck with three serious knee injuries in the last five years, just 20 appearances in the last three seasons, and is also out of contract at the end of 2021.
Manfredi was named in Wane’s England train-on squad last year, and we hope to see Manfredi have a big season ahead because he is an exciting winger with plenty of power in his carries.
Tom Johnstone – Wakefield Trinity
Johnstone is one of the best finishers in the Super League competition.
The Wakefield speedster scored nine tries in 14 appearances in 2020, and is another player that will be pushing himself in 2021 to try and secure an England spot at the end of the year.
Tommy Makinson – St Helens
There’s no questioning that St Helens have two of the best wingers in Super League.
The 29-year-old scored five tries in 14 appearances in 2020 and is in fine-form, having had memorable seasons in the last two years.
He was named Super League’s top try scorer in 2019 having bagged 23 tries including three hat-tricks as well as the top metre maker, and it was his crucial drop goal that bounced off the posts and saw Jack Welsby score the winning try to secure the Saint’s back-t0-back Grand Final triumph in 2020.
Jermaine McGillvary – Huddersfield Giants
McGillvary may have gone under the radar in recent years, but he’s still one of the most talented wingers in Super League.
His strength and finishing is a scary combination, and he was also named in the England train-on squad last year.
A fan’s favourite at Huddersfield, the 32-year-old has plenty of experience, and scored seven tries in 17 appearances in 2020.