5. John Bateman – Canberra Raiders
Arguably one of the buys of the year for Canberra, English import Bateman has become a huge X-factor in this Raiders team. He can adapt his game to suit any conditions and is as close to a complete footballer as they come. He plays tough defence for 80 minutes, is dangerous in attack, and always puts himself in the right position at the right time. If he gets even half a chance on Grand Final day to make an impact, he’ll make something special happen.