The long, dry summer is finally over for rugby league fans, with teams kicking off all around the country for this year’s NRL Telstra Premiership. 

The season is off to an exciting start with a line up of talented young players taking to the field, cheered on by fans and proud supporters of the NRL, including Coca-Cola.

This week, we’re taking a look at five of the top players to watch in 2014.

Adam Reynolds

South Sydney Rabbitohs

After an almost-biblical 42 years in the wilderness, the Premiership return of the South Sydney Rabbitohs is a thing of legend. This year Adam Reynolds might help them find victory. In 2013, the halfback proved one of the game’s best boots, and his passing is also top-notch. He’s had a troubling start to the season, copping a tackle from man-mountain Greg Inglis during training, but coming back from injury in coming weeks he’s set to be an exciting presence on the field.

Luke Brooks

West Tigers

 It’s going to be a tough year for the Tigers’ faithful. But, there’s still some little hope for the true believers in 19-year old Luke Brooks. An impressive debut in last year’s season saw the halfback hyped as ‘the next Andrew Johns,’.

The No. 7 is already taking on playmaking responsibilities from the departed Benji Marshall, and infusing the field with energy powerful plays.

Will Hopoate

Parramatta Eels 

The Eels have spent the last two seasons at the very bottom of the premiership ladder, but, with the acquisition of ex-Manly outside back Will Hopoate, Parramatta’s hoping to put those bad old days behind them. Recently returning from two years as a Mormon missionary, Hopoate’s form is, as yet, untested, though there’s a lot of buzz around this talented and exciting player.

Bryce Cartwright

Penrith Panthers

Second-rower Bryce Cartwright is the latest member of a NRL dynasty. He’s the nephew of Panthers legend John Cartwright and grandson of the team’s first coach Merv Cartwright. At only 20 years old this player already has a storied career: last year he made 29 line break assists, 79 offloads, and was deservedly named the Holden Cup’s player of the year. Watch this space for more winning moves in 2014.  

Paul Carter

Gold Coast Titans

Up Queensland way, it’s rookie utility Paul Carter who’s making waves. A recent acquisition from the Canterbury Bulldogs, the 21-year old has been training in the hooker’s position for the last few months. The son of Panthers’ playmaker, Steve Carter, Paul’s apparently been in the NRL’s crosshairs since the ripe old age of seven. Undoubtedly, he’s hoping for a permanent position on the Titan’s bench this year - and the 98kg bruiser could very well be a game-changer once he hits the field.