Andrew Johns' best 17 from 2018

He's the eighth immortal and a Newcastle legend.

He's also regarded as one of the greatest minds in the game.

Looking back on the season that was, the former Knights captain has picked his best 17 from 2018 on The Footy Show Twitter account.

While the Knights fell short of playing finals footy, Johns still picked two players from the red and blue in his side.

The premiers, the Roosters, had four men named and three men from Melbourne.

This is his team:

1. James Tedesco - The NSW Origin fullback, Tedesco joined the Roosters from the Tigers and showed why he's a marquee signing.

2. David Fusitu'a - He's one of the best finishers in the game. The Warriors flyer puts his athleticism on show each time he makes his way to the line.


3. Latrell Mitchell - After making his Origin debut this season, the Roosters centre has only gotten better. While young, his ability to manhandle his opposite number is nothing short of impressive. His performance in the grand final went a long way in lead to the Roosters' success.

4. Waqa Blake - Another young player to be excited about. The Panther is strong, quick and awkward to bring down.

5. Blake Ferguson - Few returned the ball like the winger did for the Roosters this year.


6. Cameron Munster - Club's are reportedly lining up for his services which in itself paints a compelling picture. While his natural talents are freakish, his ability to steer his team around the park has been a boom area of his game.

7. Mitchell Pearce - Few can kick the ball like the halfback. A fearless ball player, the Knights captain can never be accused of not leaving everything on the field. He's all heart.

8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves - A workhorse. The Kiwi international is a veteran at the Roosters and has a knack for lifting at the key moments.

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9. Damien Cook - A dynamic runner. Cook was phenomenal for NSW in his rookie Origin series and brought that form back to South Sydney.

10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona - To say the Melbourne man mountain is difficult to bring down would be an understatement. He's tall, strong and breaks tackles for fun.

11. Viliame Kikau - A breakout year for the Panther, Kikau has been causing headaches on the edge all season.

12. Felise Kaufusi - The Melbourne backrower has become a key cog in not only the Storm system but Queensland and Australia representative set-up.


13. Jason Taumalolo - He's built like a truck and hits like one too. A metre eater, the Cowboys lock moves like a back, passes like a half and hits a hole like few can.

14. Kalyn Ponga - He's our excitement machine. Fullback, five-eighth, wing or lock - Ponga can play anywhere. He proved that in his Queensland Origin debut by not only playing in the middle but threatening too split the game wide open on serval occasions.

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15. Tariq Sims - A former Knight, Sims has long been earmarked as a player to go the next level and achieved that feat this year when he made his Origin debut for the Blues.

16. Regan Campbell-Gillard - The Panther was running riot before injury cut shot his season. So strong, the forward made his debut for the Blues in Origin I.

17. Sam Burgess - In the middle or on an edge, Burgess has no fear. The veteran runs hard, tackles hard and inspires his Rabbitohs teammates by his actions.