The new Super League season is coming into focus and the bookies are weighing up who will finish as the competition’s top try-scorer in 2022.
There is an abundance of talent in the odds listings and potentially great value to be had.
Wigan Warriors star Bevan French is the bookies’ favourite and Betfred have him at 10/1 to finish top of the pile in the try-scoring charts.
Yet while French’s quality is undeniable, there are doubts surrounding his future at the DW Stadium.
Reports in Australia suggest he could remain Down Under to be with his family. French is currently back home, spending time with his family after his mother fell ill.
That has led to speculation that he could yet decide to remain in Australia if matters do not improve, with a number of NRL clubs – including former side Parramatta Eels – interested if the situation develops.
Amid such uncertainty, your money might be better invested in other names on the list, with Leeds Rhinos winger David Fusitu’a 16/1 with Betfred to finish as Super League’s leading try-scorer.
Leeds have signed the Tonga winger on a two-year contract from New Zealand Warriors and his pedigree is certainly not in doubt.
The 27-year-old was the top try-scorer in the NRL in 2018 and has come to Super League to revive his career after a couple of injury-plagued seasons.
Fusitu’a, who was the Warriors’ longest-serving player, had two years left on his contract with the Auckland club and it is thought the Warriors will pay a proportion of his Leeds salary.
Fusitu’a, whose hat-trick famously helped Tonga beat New Zealand in the group stages of the 2017 World Cup, scored 61 tries in 108 appearances for the Warriors.
Other tempting bets for leading try-scorer are Catalans winger Tom Davies and Hull Kingston Rovers finisher Ryan Hall.
Davies scored 14 tries last season as the Dragons finished top for the first time in their history and reached a maiden Grand Final.
Hall, meanwhile, enjoyed an outstanding debut campaign in East Hull, notching 15 tries in 19 Super League appearances – a sensational return.
Betfred are offering odds of 20/1 on Davies and Hall to score the most tries in Super League in 20220
In a World Cup year which could see both men line up on the flanks for Shaun Wane’s side, Davies and Hall will not be short of motivation this coming season.