READER REPORT:

11 NRL stars that need to shine in 2014

JIMMY DUNE
Last updated 14:30 18/11/2013
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PERSONAL ISSUES: Ben Barba sought a release from the Bulldogs in order to be closer to his kids in Queensland.

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Jimmy Dune looks to the 2014 NRL season and flags 11 stars that need to shine next year.

1. Ben Barba (Broncos): The 2012 Dally M Medal winner had a horror 2013. His off field issues with alcohol, gambling and a messy breakup have been well documented. The Broncos have thrown Barba a lifeline and he will be determined to repay the faith. Expect more Barba brilliance in 2014.

2. Jarryd Hayne (Eels): It will be imperative for Hayne to find his 2010 form if the Eels are to climb off the bottom of the NRL ladder in 2014. The Hayne plane will need to be in full flight if the cellar dwellers are to resurface as a threat.

3. Sam Tomkins (Warriors): The marquee signing for the Warriors and perhaps the NRL. Tomkins will need to bring every weapon in his attacking arsenal to live up to the hype surrounding his signature.

4. Remi Casty (Roosters): Catalan Dragons prop Remi Casty will join up with former coach Trent Robinson when he moves to Sydney Roosters in 2014. With fellow hulking props Jared Waerea-Hargreaves  and Sam Moa Remi he will need to fire if he wants a regular starting spot with the 2013 premiers.

5. Russel Packer (Knights): Out of favor with the Kiwis and Warriors, Packer has found a new home at the Knightsand will need to perform if he is to erase memories of the embarrassing urination incident of 2013.

6. Peter Wallace (Panthers): A poor 2013 saw Wallace miss Origin selection, making way for James Maloney. A new club in Penrith could be the fresh start Wally needs to get back in blue.

7. Reni Maitua (Bulldogs): After a quiet couple of seasons at Paramatta the enigmatic Maitua moves back home to the Bulldogs where he will hope to rediscover his scintillating form that saw him dubbed one of the most exciting forwards in the game.

8 and 9. Todd Carney and Paul Gallen (Sharks): Both will be instrumental if the Sharks are to make it past the qualifying rounds this season. When on song, and more importantly fit, Carney and Gallen are amongst the best in the game.

10. Greg Inglis (Rabbitohs): GI had a huge 2013 and will need to maintain that form if the Bunnies are to taste premiership success for the first time since 1971.

11. Tohu Harris (Storm): A very public last minute exclusion from the Kiwis World Cup squad in favor of SBW. The talented young forward will have a major point to prove in 2013 with the Melbourne Storm.


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