Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
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Fullback: Wade McKinnon (Warriors) - The Warriors new fullback was a standout against his former club and looks to have become stronger and faster. His running was a highlight of the game and looks to be a major upgrade over Brent Webb.
Centre: Jamie Lyon (Sea Eagles) - Scored two tries on debut for Manly and got better as the game went on. Had a dusty start but will get better by the week for the Sea Eagles. Is a better centre than five eighth.
Five eighth: Jarrod Mullen (Knights) - Played superbly without Johns and the Knights fans will breathe a sigh of relief as the Knights actually won a game without Johns and Buderus. Mullen is the future of the Knights.
Lock: Ben Creagh (Dragons) - Best player on the field for the Dragons and is bound for much higher honours this year.
Second row: Simon Mannering (Warriors) - Came on strong late last year and has taken significant strides on the back of his representative honours. A player to keep an eye on.
Second Row: Steve Simpson (Knights) - In the absence of Andrew Johns and Danny Buderus, he showed great leadership to rally the Knights and get them home in a one point thriller.
Front Row: Roy Asotasi (Rabbitohs) - His signature is already starting to pay off with a robust display against the Roosters. Arguably the best front rower in the game today.