South Sydney Rabbitohs
Recruits: Jeff Lima (Wigan), Ben Te’o (Broncos), Mitchell Bucket (Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles), Thomas Burgess (Bradford), Bryson Goodwin (Rabbitohs).
Losses: Eddy Pettybourne (Tigers), Dave Taylor (Titans), Scott Geddes (retirement).
The Rabbitohs may have lost Dave Taylor to the Gold Coast but gain another lethal fringe runner in Ben Te’o. The former Bronco has a far superior work rate than Taylor and will fit into Souths’ systems perfectly.
Jeff Lima returns from the English Super League and bolsters a pack that has lost Scott Geddes, Eddy Pettybourne and Taylor.
Bryson Goodwin is a nice addition to the backline from Canterbury and adds competition for spots. Something all National Rugby League coaches are looking for.
The 2013 version of the Rabbitohs is a more dangerous outfit than the one we saw in 2012.
Recruits: James Maloney (Warriors), Michael Oldfield (Sea Eagles), Sam Moa (Hull FC), Sonny Bill Williams (Rugby Union).
Losses: Braith Anasta (Tigers), Justin Carney (Castleford, UK), Curtis Rona (Cowboys), Peni Tagive (Retired).
The Bondi club is actually looking pretty good besides the obvious acquisition of superstar Sonny Bill Williams.
Time will tell what kind of impact Williams can have on his return to the NRL so plenty of pressure will be on the shoulders of Mitchell Pearce and former Warrior James Maloney.
Maloney signed with big expectations from the club. Since then, Maloney has struggled to find form in a floundering Warriors team. If the five-eight can find his feet in Sydney, the Roosters are a legitimate chance of playing Finals footy.
Michael Oldfield is a solid buy from Manly.
Recruits: Junior Sau (Knights), Junior Moors (Tigers), Lagi Setu (Broncos), Brett Finch (Wigan), Kurt Mann (Knights).
Losses: Dane Nielsen (Warriors), Sika Manu (Panthers), Richie Fa’aoso (Sea Eagles), Rory Kostjaysn (Cowboys), Todd Lowrie (Warriors), Michael Greenfield (retired), Jaiman Lowe (retired).
Coach Craig Bellamy has bolstered an already impressive playing roster by buying smartly on the open market.
The Storm pick up Junior Sau as a straight replacement for Dane Nielsen who is of to Auckland and have re-signed club favourite Brett Finch who will play a backup role in 2013.
You know Bellamy and his systems will improve fringe players and Junior Moors will be hoping this continues after joining the club from Wests Tigers.
Moors will improve out of sight in Melbourne.
New Zealand Warriors
Recruits: Thomas Leuluai (Wigan), Dane Nielsen (Storm), Todd Lowrie (Storm), Dominique Peyroux (Titans).
Losses: Lewis Brown (Panthers), Michael Luck (retirement), James Maloney (Roosters), Toka Likiliki (Knights), Ligi Sao (Sea Eagles), Omar Slaimankhel (Non NRL), Ukuma Ta’ai (Huddersfield).
Thomas Leuluai returns to the club he debuted at many moons ago a far improved player and will pair nicely with youngster Shaun Johnson in the halves. Leuluai is a ball playing half and will help Johnson out immensely.
Dane Nielsen and Todd Lowrie join the club from Melbourne and fit the “Aussie expat” role perfectly at Mount Smart Stadium.
The most successful Warriors sides in history have always had a sprinkling of Australians through their side.