Player of Interest – Jahrome Hughes

2018 stats – games played (11), Average (51), minutes per game (79), PPM (0.65)

2017 stats – games played (4), Average (64), minutes per game (79), PPM (0.78)

Jahrome Hughes is one of the more exciting prospects in the NRL today and has the talent to be a more than just handy replacement for Billy Slater at fullback.

Thankfully, he’s also a proven SuperCoach performer.

Year GamesAverage
201811 51
20174 64
20161 77

He’s produced past season averages of 51, 64 and 77, but has been largely an injury / representative schedule fill-in player over that time.

Up until now.

Fullback is his position to own at the Storm for years to come if he can perform and with close to 50% of his points coming from base at an average BPPG of 24.5, he is right up there with the elite fullback’s from a base point statistical output perspective.

An improvement on his 51 PPG average from 2018 will need to come from his attacking statistical output with just two tries and line-breaks produced last year. This hopefully can materialise through a permanent shift to fullback. He averaged 51 PPG in five games played at fullback last year compared to 47 PPG in six games at halfback, but it’s important to note that he smashed out a 120 point score at fullback in round 17 that skews these averages.

An improvement in these areas of his game is surely not out of the realms of possibility, particularly given that he is destined to be one of the focal points in attack for another strong Storm side.

He has loads of talent, can he fulfil the potential? Hughes is a big player to watch for me in 2019, what about you?

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Wenin is one of the founding fathers of the NRLSCTalk website who's Tuesday Teams Analysis has been a feature post on the site for close to a decade. He also loves a good steak bet!

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rooster1 (@rooster1)
1 year ago

Is big watch but thinking munster get his wish . great article

I miss Cliffy
I miss Cliffy (@brookvale)
1 year ago

Ill be starting with hughes or munster whoever claims the number 1 jersey

Bethany_B (@bethany_b)
Reply to  I miss Cliffy
1 year ago

I’d seriously consider getting them both if Hughes is at fullback, there aren’t many quality 5/8 options that won’t tank early in the season (like SJ etc.)

CoG (@sandworm)
1 year ago

I cant pick him to start but is certainly a player to monitor, loads of talent 187cm/92kg so fair build. Melb also have Papenhuyzen as a fb as well. Hope he goes well at 5/8 and be groomed to replace Chambers in the future. Melb just has depth!
Munster starts for me wherever he is picked, Hughes in queue of improvers to watch

Dieharder (@dieharder)
Reply to  CoG
1 year ago

They also have Drinkwater playing fullback in QCup mate. He’s very good as well.

zen (@zensboys)
1 year ago

Stats from 2016 & 2017 averaging 77 & 64 points from 5 games was exellent.The concern in 2018 was average dropped to 51 points when played 11 games.

Previous 2 seasons are keeper stats.Maybe someone to consider from the start.

playon (@playon)
Reply to  zen
1 year ago

you have to remember he played in the halves for a few games last season. His stats are much better when hes at FB

jnrglover (@jnrglover)
Reply to  zen
1 year ago

He was playing halfback for half of those games.
I brought him in in the bye rounds as a Hail Mary chasing the top 50 and watching him bust out a 140 was glorious. His dual fb/58 works so well with Ponga too!

rockafella (@rockafella)
1 year ago

He is no billy slater and Melbourne could really struggle this year.
Lets face it they are a bunch of kids with a 36 year old champ running the show and without a solid 7 starter and even their 6 could be brand new if munster gets 1…Whichever way you look at it half their spine will be rookies….

Zeppelin (@zeppelin)
1 year ago

Cam Smith said yesterday that Munster was staying at 6 and the FB spot was between Hughes & Drinkwater. If Drinkwater gets the gig then he’ll be hard to pass up at 200K playing for the Melbourne Storm.

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