40. Harry Bath

If a list was compiled of the best players never to wear the green and gold jersey, Harry Bath's name would invariably feature at or very near the top.

Bath spent the best years of his career in England, most of them with the Warrington club in Lancashire, where he enjoyed resounding success.

He played almost 350 games in the top flight, won Challenge Cup titles, Championships and countless other honours.

More significantly, Bath developed into one of the game's most skilled ball-playing second-rowers. He was also a goalkicker of outstanding repute and earned international recognition with Other Nationalities.

Bath left Brisbane for Sydney in 1946, to join Balmain and featured in premiership-winning teams in successive seasons. He played 10 years in England before returning to Australia at the age of 33.

With Bath sharing the knowledge he'd acquired in a decade of British football, St George won the second, third and fourth premierships in their 11-year run.

And his brilliant goalkicking contributed more than 200 points in both 1958 and 1959. He thus had a perfect record of five premierships in five seasons in Sydney football.

Bath turned to coaching after his career wound up in 1959 and he spent the next 20 years inspiring success at both club and representative level. He took St George to premierships in 1977 and 1979 and steered Australia to a World Cup victory at home in 1968.

Club landmarks: Won Brisbane premiership with Souths 1945; Won premierships with Balmain 1946–47; Won Challenge Cup with Warrington 1950; Captained Warrington to Challenge Cup win 1954; Won premierships with St George 1957–59; Holds St George record for most points in a season, 225.

Position: Second row/Prop.

Clubs: Brisbane Souths 1945; Balmain 1946–47; Barrow 1947–48; Warrington 1948–57; St George 1957–59.

Games for NSW: Four (1946–47).

Games for Queensland: Two (1945).

Representative landmarks: Played 12 times for Other Nationalities (1949–55).