Lewis Brown (Warriors), Dean Whare (Sea Eagles), Sika Manu (Storm), James Segeyaro (Cowboys), Wes Naiqama (Knights),Kyle O’Donnell (Knights), Jeremy Latimore (Dragons), James Roberts (Rabbitohs), Moses Pangai (Cowboys), Sam Anderson (Knights),Ethan Cook (Knights), Tom Humble (Wests Tigers).
Losses: Michael Gordon (Sharks), Luke Lewis (Sharks), Travis Burns (Hull KR), Mitch Achurch (Leeds).
The Panthers have been aggressive in their recruitment for 2013 after freeing up salary cap space with the departure of Luke Lewis.
There will be plenty of competition for positions. Especially in the forwards with the signings of Kiwi internationals Sika Manu and Lewis Brown and Kumuls hooker James Segeyaro.
Dean Whare is a fantastic acquisition from Manly too. The New Zealander can cover plenty of positions and is a bona fide finisher.
North Queensland Cowboys
Recruits: Rory Kostjaysn (Storm), Curtis Rona (Roosters), Clint Greenshields (Catalans), Scott Moore (Huddersfield).
Losses: James Segeyaro (Panthers),Cory Paterson (Hull KR),Aaron Payne (retirement),Moses Pangai (Panthers),Dane Hogan (Easts Tigers).
Coach Henry has gone for depth rather than stars with a number of “fringe” players headed to Townsville for 2013.
Veteran fullback Clint Greenshields returns to Australia from the Catalans, utility Rory Kostjaysn arrives from the Storm and Englishman Scott Moore joins the club from Huddersfield.
Curtis Rona is a fine catch for the Cowboys with plenty of wraps on the Junior Kiwi.
Recruits: Beau Scott (Dragons), Toka Likiliki (Warriors), David Fa’alogo (Huddesfield), Jeremy Smith (Sharks).
Losses: Zeb Taia (Catalans Dragons), Wes Naiqama (Panthers), Kyle O’Donnell (Panthers), Joel Edwards (Raiders), Evarn Tuimavave (Hull KR), Sam Anderson (Panthers),Ethan Cook (Panthers),Kurt Mann (Storm).
It is very interesting to see Wayne Bennett not offer new contracts to talented youngsters O’Donnell and Edwards and go with veterans Scott, Smith and Fa’alogo.
If things go pear-shaped early in the season, the “ageing Knights” stories will continue. If Bennett makes his bed, he will have to sleep in it too.
Toka Likiliki joins his big brother at Newcastle from the Warriors.
Recruits: Darcy Lussick (Sea Eagles), Daniel Harrison (Sea Eagles), Israel Folau*(AFL).
Losses: Nathan Hindmarsh (retirment), Luke Burt (retirement), Casey McGuire (retirement), Justin Poore (Wakefield), Justin Horo (Eagles), Esi Tonga (Eagles).
*The worst kept secret in rugby league is that Israel Folau will return to the National Rugby League in 2013 for the Eels.
If this is the case, Parramatta automatically become a top 8 contender. Its also a wonderful move for their marketing department.
Chris Sandow and Jarryd Hayne will have plenty of go forward with Darcy Lussick and Daniel Harrison joining an impressive forward pack.