Ricky Stuart’s decision to move Jack Wighton from fullback to five-eighth proved to be a masterstroke as the 26 year old ended up producing remarkable performances throughout the season.
After a challenging 2018, Wighton finished this year as a Clive Chruchill medalist, New South Wales Origin winner and an Australian representative.
Wighton reflects on whirlwind 12 months
Wighton proved to be a triple threat to opposing defences with his running, passing and kicking as he scored nine tries across the season, while also setting up a further five.
After a solid start to the season, Wighton exploded into life in Round 5 against the Eels as he scored five tries in the following five games.
His performances saw him picked by Brad Fitler to make his Origin debut from the interchange bench but by game two, Wighton had forced his way into the starting side.
Back in club colours, Wighton continued making waves as he continued being a dominant force within the NRL.
The five-eighth helped the side build pressure on oppoisition sides with 15 forced drop outs and averaging just shy of 250 kicking meters per game.
He also amassed 89 tackle breaks with an incredible nine to his name against the Warriors in Round 20 in Auckland.
However, it was on the biggest stage where Wighton shone brightest.
With millions of people watching the Grand Final and the Roosters holding a slender lead, Wighton burst through the tri-colours defence to reduce the deficit. The playmaker continued to trouble the Roosters and was deservedly awarded the Clive Churhill Medal for his performance.
Following the Grand Final, Wighton was named for the Australian Kangaroos for their two end of season tests. Playing the in the centres, Wighton opened his account for the Kangaroos with a try in the loss to Tonga.
Wighton scores first try for Australia