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Vote for the Club Debutant of 2019

Out of the nine Roosters added to the Honour Roll in 2019, seven of those players played more than one game and remain in the squad for the 2020 season. 

From those seven players, we want you to choose your favourite for this week's player poll.

Whether they showed plenty of promise, made the biggest impact on the field,  played the most games or something else tickled your fancy, it's up to you to pick the winner!

Let's look at the candidates in order of when they debuted for the Club.

The debut class of 2019 and James Tedesco celebrate the debut try of Billy Smith!
The debut class of 2019 and James Tedesco celebrate the debut try of Billy Smith!


Brett Morris quickly made an impression at the Club ahead of the 2019 season, with his strong work ethic on the training paddock and incredible World Club Challenge performance. 

After a knee injury in Round 2 saw him sidelined until midway through the season, Morris came back bigger and better than ever and looked to have barely skipped a beat. 

His defensive mindset and combination with Joseph Manu was widely discussed at the back end of the season.

Steggles Try of the Week | Round 17


Roosters junior Angus Crichton returned to the Roosters in 2019 to kick off his first grade career with the Club. 

While it took a little time for Crichton to find his groove, he was outstanding in the second half of the season for the Roosters. 

He was given the Fan Voted Man Of The Match nod in Round 24 in the midst of a number of standout performances to close out the year. 

Steggles Try of the week | Round 7


Lachlan Lam was given an early opportunity in 2019 when Cooper Cronk was sidelined in Round 2. 

He took the opportunity with both hands, playing a solid 40 minutes and even setting up the skipper with a memorable four-pointer.

Lam played his first 80 minutes of NRL football on Anzac Day. 

MusclePharm Moment | Round 2


In limited minutes against the Melbourne Storm in Round 6, Sam Verrills showed plenty of effort and determination. 

He was awarded his first career start in Round 13, and from Round 19 was the starting hooker for the remainder of the season.

His try to kick off the NRL Grand Final proved that Verrills wasn't just unphased by the big stage, but he thrives on it.

MusclePharm Moment | Round 20

RYAN HALL (Round 10)

One of the star recruits ahead of the 2019 season, Ryan Hall made his long awaited move to the NRL after proving himself as a try-scoring machine in the Super League.

After sustaining an ACL injury at the back end of the Super League season in 2018, Hall would have to wait patiently before making his NRL debut. 

He got his opportunity in Round 10 when the Roosters faced the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium, and it's safe to say he looked more than comfortable.

Hall featured in a six NRL games in 2019, and gained a reputation for his strong carries and safety underneath the high ball.

VB Hard Earned Effort | Round 10


One of the top trainers in the pre-season, Drew Hutchison was given his first NRL opportunity in Round 13 and looked right at home in the halves.

He scored his first Roosters try against the Bulldogs in Round 14 to cap off a great performance at the SCG.

Gaining experience with both Luke Keary and Cooper Cronk as his halves partner in 2019, Hutchison will look to step up another level in 2020.

Hutchison lines up against former Roosters five-eighth James Maloney.
Hutchison lines up against former Roosters five-eighth James Maloney.


After working his way back from an ACL injury in 2018, Billy Smith was given his first opportunity in the NRL arena after a string of impressive showings for the North Sydney Bears. 

He finished off a long range special, giving fans a glimpse of his lightning speed and his exceptional support play.

Smith would appear again in Round 25 and made it across the chalk on that occasion as well. 

Behind The Scenes | Billy Smith Debut