Oliver Gildart To Follow In The Footsteps Of Sam Tomkins and Ryan HallEmbed from Getty Images
Oliver Gildart will follow the same path as Sam Tomkins and Ryan Hall, struggling to adapt to the NRL attacking structure.
There’s been many success stories of English forwards making an impact in the NRL, with the Burgess brothers, James Graham and John Bateman, just to name a few.
But it’s a different story for the outside backs over the last decade. Tomkins signed with the New Zealand Warriors with a lot of promise but didn’t deliver. Ryan Hall, the best winger in Super League with other 200 career tries with Leeds Rhinos, couldn’t get over the line in a disappointing two seasons at the Roosters.
Gildart’s transition to the NRL may get a boost with his Wigan teammate Jackson Hastings also joining the Tigers. But it will be a steep learning curve for the 25-year-old, who’s scored 61 tries in 239 games for the famous Cherry and Whites.
Matt Burton To Give Dally M Award A Big CrackEmbed from Getty Images
This might be my inner-Panther thoughts speaking. Matt Burton will skyrocket up the Dally M table and move into contention for a surprise top five finish in the awards.
Last year, Burton accumulated 14 points in the Dally M tally in a race which saw fellow teammates Nathan Cleary (30) and James Fisher-Harris (20) finish ahead of him. This is quite incredible given that he was playing the bulk of the season out of his favoured halves position.
Given the chance to shine in his own right will make a huge difference to picking up some of those Man of the Match performances. We’ve already seen in his short career that he can handle directing a team around the field and he possesses an excellent kicking game. Burton is a genuine star in the making.
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