2022 NRL Season Preview
NRL7 Mar 2022

2022 NRL Awards Preview

Dally M

There has been so much change this off-season. We’ve seen so many players join other clubs which has got fans very, very excited. Some of the teams who have struggled in recent times have bought very well and there’s some big-name players who could make their marks in their debut seasons in new colours.

But if I’m picking a Dally M Medallist, I’m looking no further than Cameron Murray. As a newly-named skipper, I think he’ll step up to the plate and deliver big time for the Bunnies this season, following their heartbreaking Grand Final defeat in 2021. Not many forwards win the Dally M - it’s normally fullbacks or halves - but if there’s one bloke who can do it, it’s him. There’s some amazing talent in the competition this year, but I reckon Murray could have a standout season.

If Nathan Cleary guides the Penrith Panthers to back-to-back Premierships then he stands in good stead to get the Dally M. And, of course, we can’t forget the reigning Dally M Medallist Tom Trbojevic. If Turbo can keep fit, he’ll undoubtedly produce similar numbers to what he did last season, which is only good news for Manly Sea Eagles fans.

The skill level in the NRL just keeps going up and up. This season we could witness some truly special individual moments. I can’t wait.

Rising Star

I’m going with a young man from my Brisbane Broncos. Selwyn Cobbo will be a kid to look out for, let me tell you. Even at 19 years of age, he’s already breaking into the main squad – and it’s easy to see why.

Towards the end of last year he got thrown in at the deep end and swam. His pace will be hard to deal with, and he reads the game very well for a youngster. He can play anywhere across the backline, but I’d like to see him at fullback for the Broncos this season.