Part two of this series takes us through four more clubs and four more players looking for a big break in 2016; this is a speculative series of articles to earmark players to look out for.
Agnatius Paasi was impressive for the Gold Coast club towards the later rounds of 2015: unfortunately he was nowhere near the spotlight when most fans were paying attention to the upcoming finals and the finalising of the top eight. If Paasi is able to continue this impressive run of form he was showing through to the new year he could become the leader of a forward pack with very much still to prove.
Matt Parcell was signed from the Intrust Super Cup with wraps on him from everyone who’s watched him: playing for the eventual winners, Ipswich, it was not just his dummy half service but the ability to crack a game wide open that had fans of the Super Cup salivating. He’ll hope to have this continue in to the big leagues, probably sharing the hooking duties with South Sydney premiership winner Apisai Koroisau
Cheyse Blair has been to a few clubs without cementing a first grade spot and has journeyed to Melbourne hoping to get a spot flanking either Cameron Munster or Will Chambers and playing with one of the most consummate professionals ever in Cooper Cronk. Craig Bellamy is known for his ability to have an average first grader and turn him in to an important cog in the Storm wheel and no doubt will have hope in Blair’s ability.
Blake Ayshford was formerly a strong starting back for the Tigers before signing with the Sharks for 2014, who had a crop of young talent usurping him by 2015. Andrew McFadden is hoping that giving him opportunities across the Tasman can bring a destructive outside back to the forefront of an already strong and definitely star-studded line up. Perhaps Ayshford could do a defensive centre job, shoring up an area the Warriors are noted for struggling in.
Tune in for the next four clubs in the next part of the series soon!