Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Michael Chee Kam (Raiders),Richie Fa’aoso (Melbourne Storm),Ligi Sao (Warriors), James Hasson (Sharks), Ben Musolino (Dragons), Brenton Lawrence (Titans), Dane Chisholm (Wests Tigers), Jacob Gagan (Eels NYC), David Gower (Dragons), Peta Hiku (Warriors NYC), Jesse Sene-Lefao (Panthers), Kayne Lawton (Titans), Esi Tonga (Eels), Justin Horo (Eels).
Losses: Dean Whare (Panthers), Tony Williams (Bulldogs), Darcy Lussick (Eels)
Daniel Harrison (Eels), Michael Oldfield (Roosters), Josh Drinkwater (Dragons).
The Sea Eagles have done pretty well to cover the big loss of Tony Williams with a number of solid signings heading into the new season.
Manly will once again have a strong squad and if Geoff Toovey can keep his core healthy, the Eagles are a big chance of making the top 4.
Justin Horo could be the wildcard signing of 2013 after a frustrating few seasons at the Parramatta Eels. Horo at his best is a damaging ball runner with plenty of skill and agility.
Gold Coast Titans
Recruits: Dave Taylor (Rabbitohs), Mark Ioane (Raiders), Matthew Russell (Wigan).
Losses: Boden Thompson (Tigers). Phil Graham (Retired), Scott Prince (Broncos), Brenton Lawrence (Sea Eagles), Dominique Peyroux (Warriors), Michael Henderson (Dragons), Kayne Lawton (Sea Eagles).
Coach John Cartwright continues his love affair for big men with the signing of Dave Taylor. A major issue though is Taylor’s work rate in a side that already includes Jamal Idris.
With seemingly no other options at his disposal in the halves, Cartwright still granted a release to club legend Scott Prince. Now the Gold Coast are in a perilous position heading into 2013.
Recruits: Tony Williams
Losses: Jonathan Wright (Sharks), Jake Foster (Raiders), Luke MacDougall (retirement), Tupou Sopoaga (Bulldogs), Bryson Goodwin (Rabbitohs), David Stagg (Broncos).
There is no reason to think the Bulldogs cant return to the grand final next season with the addition of damaging backrower Tony Williams. Coach Des Hasler can get the best out of the representative forward.
The Bulldogs haven’t lost too much except for Johno Wright who joins Cronulla. Canterbury have plenty of depth and experience in the backline to cover his loss.
Recruits: Joe Bond (Redcliffe), Scott Prince (Titans), David Stagg (Bulldogs).
Losses: Gerard Beale (Dragons), Petero Civoniceva (retired), Ben Te’o (Rabbitohs), Mitchell Frei (Knights).
The Broncos sure did miss Darren Lockyer’s composure towards the backend of 2012 and it showed in Peter Wallace and Corey Norman’s play.
Scott Prince returns to the club and will ease the pressure on Wallace and prove a valuable link between the forwards and his backline.
Petero Civoniceva’s guidance will be missed in the middle. But the big loss is backrower Benny Te’o who joins South Sydney.
It’s the forwards turn in Brisbane to step it up.