Three of Super League’s top assisters in 2018 were playmakers.
Jacob Miller (Wakefield Trinity)
Miller topped the list for the most assists in Super League last season, with 28 to his name.
The Australian half-back has been made Trinity captain ahead of next season and he has become a firm fan favourite at Belle Vue. He scored six tries last season, bust 63 tackles and made 11 clean breaks.
Paul McShane (Castleford Tigers)
The 29-year-old was – arguably – the most unfortunate player to not earn an England cap this year because he was outstanding for Castleford in Super League.
McShane finished just behind Miller in the assists list, with 27. McShane also scored eight tries for the Tigers, bust 34 tackles and made eight clean breaks.
Ben Barba (St Helens)
Barba was an absolute star in only full season in Super League. He provided 24 assists for his Saints team-mates as well as scoring 28 tries.
The 29-year-old will be remembered fondly for his time in England. He made a staggering 30 clean breaks and bust 141 tackles.
Richie Myler (Leeds Rhinos)
A lot of eyebrows were raised when it was announced that Myler would be going to Leeds ahead of last season, but he certainly proved his worth in 2018.
Myler came up with 23 assists last term, scoring four tries in the process. Myler’s impressive performances in a Rhinos shirt earned him a call-up to the England senior side.
Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons)
The 26-year-old was one of the best signings of the season. His mid-season arrival from Australia, along with Kenny Edwards, changed Catalans’ season for the better.
Despite only arriving in Perpignan late April, he still finished fifth for most assists. Drinkwater grabbed 22 assists and scored seven tries for the Dragons.