Top 10 one-club players in the Super League era

Here’s our best pick of one-club players from the Super League – some others missed out by virtue of playing a handful of games on loan or dual-registration elsewhere (we’re looking at you, Kirk Yeaman).

Paul Wellens

The former England, Great Britain and St Helens full-back announced his retirement aged 35, having made almost 500 appearances at club level.

He enjoyed an 18-year career and won every club and individual honour going since making his senior debut as a teenager in 1998. His medal haul included five Challenge Cups, five Grand Finals and two World Club Challenges while he was named Man of Steel in 2006 and also claimed the prestigious Lance Todd and Harry Sunderland Trophy man-of-the-match awards.

Kevin Sinfield MBE

Sinfield captained Leeds for 13 years and won seven Grand Finals, three World Club Challenges and two Challenge Cups.

The former England and Great Britain international is best known for his time at loose forward with the Rhinos, but he makes it in at stand-off for this list.

Eorl Crabtree

Crabtree, who celebrated his 38th birthday recently, retired in 2016 having played 423 games and scoring 79 tries for Huddersfield.

The nephew of legendary wrestler Big Daddy, he also represented England 18 times, and has since taken a club ambassador role with the Giants.

Keiron Cunningham 

Since making his debut for Saints back in 1993, Cunningham is widely recognised as one of the best hookers to ever grace the game.

The former Great Britain and Wales international won every possible honour in the game with the Saints in a glittering 496-game career – leading to the statue at the club.

Rob Burrow

The inspirational half-back is currently in the battle of his life against MND, with a documentary recently aired on the BBC with floods of support coming from social media.

In his time with Leeds, he won eight Super League titles, three World Club Challenges and two Challenge Cups.

Sean O’Loughlin

Sean O’Loughlin captained England

The Wigan number 13 made his debut in 2002, and was handed the captaincy in 2006, taking over from brother-in-law and Wigan legend Andy Farrell.

O’Loughlin has led Wigan to four Super League titles, two Challenge Cups and a World Club Challenge win over the NRL’s Cronulla Sharks.

Jonny Lomax

Lomax made his St Helens debut in 2009 against Wakefield, and has since enjoyed stints at wing, full-back and in the halves.

In 2019, he scored 19 tries in 30 appearances and set up a further 21 scores. His form earned him another spot in the Super League Dream Team whilst he walked away with the three main honours at the club awards night. The England international was also named Albert Goldthorpe winner and represented Great Britain on their first tour since 2013.

At the time of writing, he currently has the most try-assists in the Super League.

Leroy Cudjoe

A former England international, Cudjoe joined the Huddersfield academy aged 16 and was awarded a full-time contract at the end of the 2006 season. He has since made more than 250 career appearances, and enjoyed a testimonial year in 2018.

In 2013, Huddersfield won the League Leader’s Shield, the first time they have finished top of the league in 81 years. Five of the team were selected for the Super LeagueDream Team, more than any other club, including Cudjoe in the centres.

Jamie Jones-Buchanan 

Jones-Buchanan enjoyed an incredible 20 seasons with Leeds, having made his debut in 1999. He represented England and Great Britain and made 421 appearances, winning a number of honours, including eight Super League titles, one Challenge Cup, three World Club Challenges and three League Leaders titles and is probably the most unlucky not to make the list.

Thomas Bosc

Bosc spent his entire career in the south of France with Catalans, named in the club’s team of the decade in 2016 as the club celebrated 10 years of Super League.

The former France international is the highest points scorer in the club’s history, with more than 200 career appearances.

Kris Radlinski MBE

The current Wigan executive director played 322 times for the Warriors, scoring 183 tries between 1993 and 2006. The full-back also represented England and Great Britain and was given an MBE in 2007.

He enjoyed a testimonial year in 2005, and originally planned to retire in 2006 before returning to action just months later playing for “no fee” to aid the team during personnel struggles that year.

Any others that deserve a shout out? Let us know in the comments below!

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