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Dragons Immortal John Raper has rated the 2010 St George Illawarra team as the best in the club’s 11-year history and firm favourites to win the joint venture’s first Premiership against the Roosters this Sunday.

Raper, 71, who won eight grand finals with the St George Dragons between 1959-66, said while it was difficult to compare today’s team with his era, he was confident they are the best in the modern era ahead of even the 1999 grand finalists.

“There is no doubt about that,” Raper said. “This team is the best … better than 1999. They have the best coach and in the past six weeks in particular they have just improved every game.

“There is always someone becoming a star in each game and in different positions. When you put it all together, it’s a pretty good package going into the Grand Final.”

Raper, who along with fellow Dragons’ Immortals Reg Gasnier and Graeme Langlands will tonight be inducted as a Men of League Honoree, admits to being nervous and expecting some sleepless nights ahead of the decider … but confident the long wait for a Premiership trophy is just days away.

“Their defence and attack is superb,” Raper said. “I am sure Eastern Suburbs will take them on in the forwards and they will get a big shock.

“The St George forwards seem to be underestimated. They have speed and skill and a lot of attack there.

“The halves combination (of Jamie Soward and Ben Hornby) is a headache to any side. They are quick and have great football brains – a lot of people in those positions don’t have that.

“They have a great backline with a freak out there called Mark Gasnier; players who can finish off on the wing; and a more than steady fullback. Right across the park they are a complete package.”

Raper is thrilled to be receiving the latest honor in his stellar career at tonight’s Men of League Foundation gala dinner at the Star City Casino, which is part of a week-long celebration of the Grand Final.

The Men of League Honorees award recognises people who have made an outstanding contribution to the game. The Immortals will take to 22 the number of players who have been inducted as Honorees since the award's inception in 2002.

“It’s a very great honor,” Raper said. “I’ve had a great journey. Every honor you get long after your career has finished means a lot.”

The Men of League function honors past and present players and is the Foundation's major annual fundraising event.

The black tie function, held for the past nine seasons, will this year celebrate the game's greatest entertainers and recognise the 300 Club players as well as inducting the Honorees.

The game's top five entertainers, determined by on-line voting, will be announced from a shortlist of 40 which includes stars spanning all generations from Tommy Bishop, Arthur Beetson and Ken Thornett to Billy Slater, Benji Marshall and Greg Inglis.

Retiring stalwarts Luke Priddis (St George Illawarra Dragons) and Brett Kimmorley (Bulldogs) will be inducted into the 300 Club, taking to 15 the number of players to have played over 300 NRL games.