NRL Preview: How your club looks for season 2018

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Every club will start the 2018 NRL season optimistic and confident but which will be justified in doing so? We rate all 16 clubs' recruitment, rosters and aspirations for the year ahead.

BRISBANE BRONCOS

2017 ladder position: 3rd

2017 finish: Lost Preliminary Final

2017 win-loss record: W 16, L 8

2017 points for: 597

2017 points against: 433

2017 leading try scorer: James Roberts (18)

2017 leading goal scorer: Jordan Kahu (75)

2017 leading point scorer: Jordan Kahu (189)

Coach: Wayne Bennett Captain: Darius Boyd

Ins: Jack Bird (Sharks), Andre Savelio (Warrington Wolves), Patrick Mogo (Cowboys)

Outs: Ben Hunt (Dragons), Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers), Tautau Moga (Knights), Jai Arrow (Titans), Herman Ese'ese (Knights), Francis Molo (released) , Adam Blair (Warriors)

Best 17: 1 Darius Boyd, 2 Jaymayne Isaako, 3 Jack Bird, 4 James Roberts, 5 Jordan Kahu, 6 Anthony Milford, 7 Kodi Nikorima, 8 Korbin Sims, 9 Andrew McCullough, 10 Matt Lodge, 11 Matt Gillett, 12 Alex Glenn, 13 Josh McGuire. Interchange: 14 Sam Thaiday, 15 Tevita Pangai, 16 Corey Oates, 17 Joe Ofahengaue.

Summary: The Broncos have lost halfback Ben Hunt to the Dragons and doubt exists over his likely replacement Kodi Nikorima, but Wayne Bennett hasn't been in the coaching caper as long as he has on the back of poor recruitment choices. It will be interesting to see what Jack Bird can bring to the Broncos' backline, with the jury still out on his best playing position.

TAB odds:

Premiership: $13

Top 8: $1.50

CANBERRA RAIDERS

2017 ladder position: 10th

2017 finish: Missed finals

2017 win-loss record: W 11, L 13

2017 points for: 558

2017 points against: 497

2017 leading try scorer: Jordan Rapana (21)

2017 leading goal scorer: Jarrod Croker (77)

2017 leading point scorer: Jarrod Croker (190)

Coach: Ricky Stuart Captain: Jarrod Croker

Ins: Charlie Gubb (Warriors), Liam Knight (Roosters), Sam Williams (Wakefield Trinity), Michael Oldfield (Panthers), Brad Abbey (Bulldogs), Sitiveni Moceidreke (Rabbitohs) Craig Garvey (Bulldogs), Siliva Havili (Dragons)

Outs: Jordan Turner (Huddersfield Giants), Dave Taylor (Toronto Wolfpack), Scott Sorensen (Sharks), Lachlan Croker (Sea Eagles), Clay Priest (Bulldogs), Adam Clydsdale (released), Erin Clark (released)

Best 17: 1 Jack Wighton, 2 Nick Cotric, 3 Jarrod Croker, 4 Joey Leilua, 5 Jordan Rapana, 6 Blake Austin, 7 Aidan Sezer, 8 Junior Paulo, 9 Craig Garvey, 10 Shannon Boyd, 11 Josh Papalii, 12 Joseph Tapine, 13 Elliott Whitehead. Interchange: 14 Sam Williams, 15 Sia Soliola, 16 Charlie Gubb, 17 Luke Bateman.

Summary: The Raiders disappointed last season, and the knives will be out for coach Ricky Stuart if they don't return to the finals this year. They have lost star hooker Josh Hodgson for the first half of the season with an ACL injury, but his return could be the lift they need to charge home if they can hover around the top eight for most of the year. They have some exciting young talent in the backs, but need to improve their consistency which let them down during 2017.

TAB odds:

Premiership: $26

Top 8: $1.90

CANTERBURY BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS

2017 ladder position: 11th

2017 finish: Missed finals

2017 win-loss record: W 10, L 14

2017 points for: 360

2017 points against: 455

2017 leading try scorer: Marcelo Montoya (12)

2017 leading goal scorer: Kerrod Holland (24)

2017 leading point scorer: Kerrod Holland (80)

Coach: Dean Pay Captain: Josh Jackson

Ins: Kieran Foran (Warriors), Aaron Woods (Wests Tigers), Fa'amanu Brown (Sharks), Ofahiki Ogden (Warriors), Jeremy Marshall-King (Wests Tigers), Clay Priest (Raiders), Mason Cerruto (Panthers)

Outs: James Graham (Dragons), Josh Reynolds (Wests Tigers), Sam Kasiano (Storm), Tyrone Phillips (released), Craig Garvey (Raiders), Richie Kennar (Rabbitohs), Brad Abbey (Raiders), Tyrone Phillips (Panthers)

Best 17: 1 Moses Mbye, 2 Brett Morris, 3 Josh Morris, 4 Will Hopoate, 5 Marcelo Montoya, 6 Kieran Foran, 7 Matt Frawley, 8 Aaron Woods, 9 Michael Lichaa, 10 David Klemmer, 11 Josh Jackson, 12 Raymond Faitala-Mariner, 13 Adam Elliott. Interchange: 14 Fa'amanu Brown, 15 Danny Fualalo, 16 Aiden Tolman, 17 Francis Tualau.

Summary: Bulldogs fans everywhere let out an almighty cheer when the call was made to move coach Des Hasler on. Hasler's methods were seen to be stifling the life out of the Bulldogs attack, and club legend Dean Pay takes over the reins with a promise to return to the entertaining style the club was once famous for. Two International signings in Kieran Foran and Aaron Woods will be under pressure to perform as they replaced two club favourites in Josh Reynolds and James Graham.

TAB odds:

Premiership: $34

Top 8: $3.25

CRONULLA SUTHERLAND SHARKS

2017 ladder position: 5th

2017 finish: Lost elimination final

2017 win-loss record: W 15, L 9

2017 points for: 476

2017 points against: 407

2017 leading try scorer: Sosaia Feki (13)

2017 leading goal scorer: James Maloney (71)

2017 leading point scorer: James Maloney (161)

Coach: Shane Flanagan, Captain: Paul Gallen

Ins: Josh Dugan (Dragons), Aaron Gray (Rabbitohs), Ava Seumanufagai (Wests Tigers), Scott Sorensen (Raiders), Braden Uele (Cowboys), Matt Moylan (Panthers)

Outs: Jack Bird (Broncos), Gerard Beale (Warriors), Fa'amanu Brown (Bulldogs), Daniel Mortimer (Leigh Centurions), Manaia Cherrington (Warriors), Jordan Drew (released), Jeremy Latimore (Dragons), Chris Heighington (Knights), James Maloney (Panthers)

Best 17: 1 Valentine Holmes, 2 Sosaia Feki, 3 Josh Dugan, 4 Ricky Leutele, 5 Aaron Gray, 6 Matt Moylan, 7 Chad Townsend, 8 Andrew Fifita, 9 Jayden Brailey, 10 Matt Prior, 11 Luke Lewis, 12 Wade Graham, 13 Paul Gallen. Interchange: 14 James Segeyaro, 15 Ava Seumanufagai, 16 Jayson Bukuya, 17 Kurt Capewell.

Summary: The Sharks suffered a premiership hangover last year, with the loss of Michael Ennis and Ben Barba more costly than they had hoped. They lose Jack Bird and James Maloney for this season, but have signed enigmatic Panthers playmaker Matt Moylan and Dragons star Josh Dugan. Coach Shane Flanagan will be hoping the backline combinations come together quickly. Paul Gallen will lead the team in his final season and will be hoping to double their premiership count before he goes.

TAB odds:

Premiership: $13

Top 8: $1.55

GOLD COAST TITANS

2017 ladder position: 15th

2017 finish: Missed finals

2017 win-loss record: W 7, L 17

2017 points for: 448

2017 points against: 638

2017 leading try scorer: Anthony Don (12)

2017 leading goal scorer: Ashley Taylor (38)

2017 leading point scorer: Ashley Taylor (96)

Coach: Garth Brennan Captain: Ryan James

Ins: Michael Gordon (Roosters) Jai Arrow (Broncos), Brendan Elliot (Knights), Keegan Hipgrave (Broncos), Mitch Rein (Panthers), Leilani Latu (Panthers) Bryce Cartwright (Panthers)

Outs: Chris McQueen (Wests Tigers), Leivaha Pulu (Warriors), Tyrone Roberts (Warrington Wolves), Tyler Cornish (released), Nathaniel Peteru (Leeds Rhinos), Paterika Vaivai (Leigh Centurions), Daniel Vidot (retired), Brenton Lawrence (retired), Jarryd Hayne (released)

Best 17: 1 Michael Gordon, 2 Dale Copley, 3 Brenko Lee, 4 Konrad Hurrell, 5 Brendan Elliot, 6 Kane Elgey, 7 Ashley Taylor, 8 Leilani Latu, 9 Nathan Peats, 10 Ryan James, 11 Kevin Proctor, 12 Jai Arrow 13 Bryce Cartwright . Interchange: 14 Mitch Rein, 15 Joe Greenwood, 16 Will Matthews, 17 Morgan Boyle.

Summary: The Titans were horrible last season, with a lot of the blame being shouldered by Jarryd Hayne and the high expectations the club had for his return to rugby league. Coach Neil Henry was sent packing on the back of the perceived difficulties he was having managing Hayne. Garth Brennan is the new coach, and he will welcome the calm assurance of Michael Gordon at fullback. Ash Taylor extended his contract with the Titans and will need to take a starring role if the Titans are to lift themselves off the canvas in 2018.

TAB odds:

Premiership: $67

Top 8: $4

MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES

2017 ladder position: 6th

2017 finish: Lost elimination final

2017 win-loss record: W 14, L 10

2017 points for: 552

2017 points against: 512

2017 leading try scorer: Akuila Uate (14)

2017 leading goal scorer: Matthew Wright (36)

2017 leading point scorer: Dylan Walker (108)

Coach: Trent Barrett Captain: Daly Cherry-Evans

Ins: Toafofoa Sipley (Warriors), Jack Gosiewski (Rabbitohs), Lachlan Croker (Raiders)

Outs: Brenton Lawrence (retired), Steve Matai (retired), Brett Stewart (retired), Blake Green (Warriors), Pita Godinet (Wests Tigers)

Best 17: 1 Tom Trbojevic, 2 Jorge Taufua, 3 Dylan Walker, 4 Brian Kelly, 5 Aku Uate, 6 Lachlan Croker, 7 Daly Cherry-Evans, 8 Marty Taupau, 9 Api Koroisau, 10 Darcy Lussick, 11 Curtis Sironen, 12 Joel Thompson, 13 Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14 Lewis Brown, 15 Lloyd Perrett, 16 Addin Fonua-Blake, 17 Frank Winterstein.

Summary: The Sea Eagles have lost Blake Green, just when his combination with Daly Cherry-Evans seemed to be bearing fruit. Backline veterans Brett Stewart and Steve Matai have retired, but Tom Trbojevic and Dylan Walker have already stepped up to fill their roles. How rookie five-eighth Lachlan Croker combines with Cherry-Evans will go a long way to determining whether the Sea Eagles can repeat last year's surprise appearance in the finals.

TAB odds:

Premiership: $21

Top 8: $1.75

MELBOURNE STORM

2017 ladder position: 1st

2017 finish: Premiers

2017 win-loss record: W 20, L 4

2017 points for: 633

2017 points against: 336

2017 leading try scorer: Suliasi Vunivalu (23)

2017 leading goal scorer: Cameron Smith (78)

2017 leading point scorer: Cameron Smith (164)

Coach: Craig Bellamy Captain: Cameron Smith

Ins: Sam Kasiano (Bulldogs), Ryan Hoffman (Warriors), Patrick Kaufusi (Cowboys), Sandor Earl (unattached), Ryan Papenhuyzen (Wests Tigers), Billy Walters (Brisbane Easts), Cooper Johns (Sea Eagles), Kayleb Milne (NZ rugby)

Outs: Cooper Cronk (Roosters), Tohu Harris (Warriors), Jordan McLean (Cowboys), Robbie Rochow (Wests Tigers), Jesse Arthars (Rabbitohs), Slade Griffin (Knights), Mark Nicholls (Rabbitohs)

Best 17: 1. Billy Slater, 2 Suliasi Vunivalu, 3 Curtis Scott, 4 Will Chambers, 5 Josh Addo- Carr, 6 Cameron Munster, 7 Brodie Croft, 8 Jesse Bromwich, 9 Cameron Smith, 10 Tim Glasby, 11 Ryan Hoffman, 12 Felise Kaufusi, 13 Dale Finucane. Interchange: 14 Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 15 Kenny Bromwich, 16 Sam Kasiano, 17 Ryley Jacks.

Summary: The Storm continue to set the bar high when it comes to club performances. They have lost star halfback Copper Cronk, but replacement Brodie Croft has already shown evidence the club will move on without any noticeable decline in capability. Veteran Ryan Hoffman returns to the club where he thrived under coach Craig Bellamy, and he'll be joined in the pack by a revitalised Sam Kasiano. It is hard to see the Storm being anywhere but at the pointy end when the 2018 season comes to an end

TAB odds:

Premiership: $6

Top 8: $1.18

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

2017 ladder position: 16th

2017 finish: Wooden spoon

2017 win-loss record: W 5, L 19

2017 points for: 428

2017 points against: 648

2017 leading try scorer: Nathan Ross (10)

2017 leading goal scorer: Trent Hodkinson (46)

2017 leading point scorer: Trent Hodkinson (97)

Coach: Nathan Brown

Ins: Kalyn Ponga (Cowboys), Connor Watson (Roosters), Aidan Guerra (Roosters), Tautau Moga (Broncos), Herman Ese'ese (Broncos), Slade Griffin (Storm), Jacob Lillyman (Warriors), Chris Heighington (Sharks), Mitchell Pearce (Roosters)

Outs: Dane Gagai (Rabbitohs), Rory Kostjasyn (retired), Sam Mataora (retired), Mickey Paea (Hull FC), Anthony Tupou (retired), Joe Wardle (Castleford Tigers), Josh Starling (retired), Jack Stockwell (released), Pauli Pauli (released), Jaelen Feeney (released), Peter Mata'utia (Leigh Centurions), David Bhana (released), Tyler Randell (Wakefield Trinity), Chanel Mata'utia (released)

Best 17: 1 Kalyn Ponga, 2 Nathan Ross, 3 Tautau Moga, 4 Sione Mata'utia, 5 Shaun Kenny- Dowall, 6 Connor Watson, 7 Mitchell Pearce, 8 Jacob Lillyman, 9 Danny Levi, 10 Daniel Saifiti, 11 Aidan Guerra, 12 Jamie Buhrer, 13 Mitch Barnett. Interchange: 14 Chris Heighington, 15 Herman Ese'ese, 16 Jacob Saifiti, 17 Brock Lamb.

Summary: The Knights notched a hat-trick of wooden spoons last season, although most people agreed that there were some positive signs in coach Nathan Brown's rebuilding process. The club has thrown open the chequebook and welcomes a hoard of experienced performers, with halfback Mitchell Pearce leading the way. Fullback Kalyn Ponga is an exciting prospect who slipped through the grasp of the Cowboys, and he will add a lot of spark the Knights attack. They can't finish any worse than they have in recent times and fans will be hoping to see them in the 2018 finals.

TAB odds:

Premiership: $31

Top 8: $2.75

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS

2017 ladder position: 13th

2017 finish: Missed finals

2017 win-loss record: W 7, L 17

2017 points for: 444

2017 points against: 575

2017 leading try scorer: David Fusitu'a

2017 leading goal scorer: Shaun Johnson (45)

2017 leading point scorer: Shaun Johnson (108)

Coach: Stephen Kearney Captain: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

Ins: Tohu Harris (Storm), Gerard Beale (Sharks), Leivaha Pulu (Titans), Manaia Cherrington (Sharks), Adam Blair (Broncos), Peta Hiku (Warrington Wolves), Matiu Love-Henry (Norths Devils), Blake Green (Sea Eagles)

Outs: Kieran Foran (Bulldogs), Manu Vatuvei (Salford Red Devils), Ben Matulino (Wests Tigers), Bureta Faraimo (Hull FC), Charlie Gubb (Raiders), Toafofoa Sipley (Sea Eagles), Ryan Hoffman (Storm), Jacob Lillyman (Knights), Bodene Thompson (Leigh Centurions)

Best 17:1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 2 David Fusitu'a, 3 Peta Hiku, 4 Solomone Kata, 5 Ken Maumalo, 6 Blake Green, 7 Shaun Johnson, 8 Adam Blair, 9 Issac Luke, 10 Sam Lisone, 11 Tohu Harris, 12 Bunty Afoa, 13 Simon Mannering. Interchange: 14 Agnatius Paasi, 15 Albert Vete, 16 James Gavet, 17 Nathaniel Roache.

Summary: The Warriors were very disappointing last year after assembling an International-strength spine. Kieran Foran and Ryan Hoffman lead a list of big-name departures from the club and under-pressure coach Stephen Kearney will be hoping the player clean-out can turn their fortunes around. Solid five-eighth Blake Green and outside back Gerard Beale will bring plenty of experience to a backline that has a history of making horrible errors in between scoring spectacular tries.

TAB odds:

Premiership: $41

Top 8: $3.75

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS

2017 ladder position: 8th

2017 finish: Lost Grand Final

2017 win-loss record: W 13, L 11

2017 points for: 467

2017 points against: 443

2017 leading try scorer: Kyle Feldt (15)

2017 leading goal scorer: Ethan Lowe (47)

2017 leading point scorer: Ethan Lowe (102)

Coach: Paul Green Captains: Johnathan Thurston / Matt Scott

Ins: Carlin Anderson (Townsville Blackhawks), Jordan McLean (Storm)

Outs: Kalyn Ponga (Knights), Ray Thompson (retired), Patrick Kaufusi (Storm), Braden Uele (Sharks), Patrick Mogo (Broncos)

Best 17: 1 Lachlan Coote, 2 Antonio Winterstein, 3 Justin O'Neill, 4 Kane Linnett, 5 Kyle Feldt, 6 Michael Morgan, 7 Johnathan Thurston, 8 Matt Scott, 9 Jake Granville, 10 Jordan McLean, 11 Gavin Cooper, 12 Ethan Lowe, 13 Jason Taumalolo. Interchange: 14 Coen Hess, 15 Scott Bolton, 16 Ben Hampton, 17 John Asiata.

Summary: Everyone wrote the Cowboys off as premiership threats when Johnathan Thurston injured his knee during last year's State of Origin series. They were already without co-captain and metre-machine Matthew Scott, and any side losing that much talent is obviously going to struggle. The way the team lifted behind the skills of Michael Morgan, to fall one victory short of the premiership, was absolutely amazing. A refreshed Thurston and Scott are back for the start of 2018 and the addition of Jordan McLean to the pack sees the Cowboys up there among the premiership favourites.

TAB odds:

Premiership: $6

Top 8: $1.20

PARRAMATTA EELS

2017 ladder position: 4th

2017 finish: Lost Semi-final

2017 win-loss record: W 16, L 8

2017 points for: 496

2017 points against: 457

2017 leading try scorer: Semi Radradra (22)

2017 leading goal scorer: Mitchell Moses (59)

2017 leading point scorer: Clint Gutherson (142)

Coach: Brad Arthur Captains: Tim Mannah, Beau Scott

Ins: Kane Evans (Roosters) Jarryd Hayne (Titans)

Outs: Semi Radradra (rugby union), Isaac De Gois (retired), Bureta Faraimo (Hull FC), James Hasson (released), Jeff Robson (retired)

Best 17: 1 Bevan French, 2 Josh Hoffman, 3 Michael Jennings, 4 Jarryd Hayne, 5 Kirisome Auva'a, 6 Corey Norman, 7 Mitchell Moses, 8 Tim Mannah, 9 Kaysa Pritchard, 10 Dan Alvaro, 11 Manu Ma'u, 12 Beau Scott, 13 Nathan Brown. Interchange: 14 Will Smith, 15 Brad Takairangi, 16 Kenny Edwards, 17 Kane Evans.

Summary: In 2017 the Eels enjoyed one of their more successful seasons of late, with the addition of Mitchell Moses mid-way through adding extra spark to their attack. They start the 2018 season without try-scoring machine Semi Radradra, but welcome back favourite son Jarryd Hayne. Just how well Hayne fits into the backline will play a major part in determining how far the Eels go in 2018.

TAB odds:

Premiership: $13

Top 8: $1.50

PENRITH PANTHERS

2017 ladder position: 7th

2017 finish: Lost Semi-final

2017 win-loss record: W 13, L 11

2017 points for: 504

2017 points against: 459

2017 leading try scorer: Nathan Cleary (11)

2017 leading goal scorer: Nathan Cleary (92)

2017 leading point scorer: Nathan Cleary (228)

Coach: Anthony Griffin Captain: Peter Wallace

Ins: Tyrone Phillips (Bulldogs), James Maloney (Sharks)

Outs: Sitaleki Akauola (Warrington Wolves), Zach Dockar-Clay (Hull Kingston Rovers), Peta Hiku (Warrington Wolves), Samisoni Langi (Leigh Centurions), Darren Nicholls (Dragons), Matt Moylan (Sharks), Mitch Rein (Titans), Leilani Latu (Titans), Mason Cerruto (Bulldogs), Bryce Cartwright (Titans)

Best 17: 1 Dylan Edwards, 2 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 3 Dean Whare, 4 Waqa Blake, 5 Josh Mansour, 6 James Maloney 7, Nathan Cleary, 8 James Tamou, 9 Peter Wallace, 10 Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 11 James Fisher-Harris, 12 Isaah Yeo, 13 Trent Merrin. Interchange: 14 Viliame Kikau, 15 Tyrone Phillips, 16 Corey Harawira-Naera*, 17 Tyrone Peachey. Reserves: 18 Tim Browne, 19 Moses Leota, 20 Tyrone May, 21 Sione Katoa.

Summary: The Panthers had a troubled 2017 season with Matt Moylan seemingly at the centre of the discontent. The club has swapped Moylan for experienced five-eighth James Maloney, who has a history of taking teams to grand finals; Panthers fans will be hoping for more of the same in 2018. CEO Phil Gould's five-year premiership plan is stretching towards 10 years and patience at the foot of the mountains is starting to wear thin.

TAB odds:

Premiership: $15

Top 8: $1.50

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS

2017 ladder position: 12th

2017 finish: Missed finals

2017 win-loss record: W 9, L 15

2017 points for: 464

2017 points against: 564

2017 leading try scorer: Alex Johnston (22)

2017 leading goal scorer: Adam Reynolds (67)

2017 leading point scorer: Adam Reynolds (144)

Coach: Anthony Seibold Captain: Greg Inglis

Ins: Dane Gagai (Knights), Jesse Arthars (Storm), Mark Nicholls (Storm), Richie Kennar (Bulldogs)

Outs: Bryson Goodwin (Leigh Centurions), Aaron Gray (Sharks), David Tyrrell (released), Anthony Cherrington (released), Luke Kelly (released), Dane Nielsen (released), Jack Gosiewski (Sea Eagles), Sitiveni Moceidreke (Raiders)

Best 17: 1 Greg Inglis, 2 Alex Johnston, 3 Tyrell Fuimaono, 4 Dane Gagai, 5 Braidon Burns, 6 Cody Walker, 7 Adam Reynolds, 8 Thomas Burgess, 9 Damien Cook, 10 Zane Musgrove, 11 Sam Burgess, 12 Angus Crichton, 13 Cameron Murray. Interchange: 14 John Sutton, 15 Kyle Turner, 16 Tyrell Fuimaono, 17 George Burgess

Summary: The Bunnies had a terrible 2018 season, starting with a serious knee injury to Greg Inglis in the very first game. They sacked coach Michael Maguire before the season ended and stumbled to a 12th place finish. Players are already singing the praises of new coach Anthony Seibold, and Inglis returns with fresh legs to be joined by Maroons star Dane Gagai in a potent backline. In the forwards they will be hoping for a big year from Angus Crichton before he leaves for the Roosters next season.

TAB odds:

Premiership: $17

Top 8: $1.75

ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

2017 ladder position: 9th

2017 finish: Missed finals

2017 win-loss record: W 12, L 12

2017 points for: 533

2017 points against: 450

2017 leading try scorer: Jason Nightingale (16)

2017 leading goal scorer: Gareth Widdop (75)

2017 leading point scorer: Gareth Widdop (191)

Coach: Paul McGregor Captain: Gareth Widdop

Ins: James Graham (Bulldogs), Ben Hunt (Broncos), Jeremy Latimore (Sharks), Darren Nicholls (Panthers), Mitch Allgood (Wakefield Trinity)

Out: Josh Dugan (Sharks), Russell Packer (Wests Tigers), Mose Masoe (Hull Kingston Rovers), Will Matthews (Widnes Vikings), Tyrone McCarthy (Salford Red Devils), Taane Milne (Wests Tigers), Josh McCrone (Toronto Wolfpack), Drew Hutchison (Leigh Centurions), Siliva Havili (Raiders)

Best 17: 1 Matt Dufty, 2 Nene Macdonald, 3 Euan Aitken, 4 Tim Lafai, 5 Jason Nightingale, 6 Gareth Widdop, 7 Ben Hunt, 8 James Graham, 9 Cameron McInnes, 10 Paul Vaughan, 11 Tyson Frizell, 12 Tariq Sims, 13 Jack De Belin. Interchange: 14 Leeson Ah Mau, 15 Hame Sele, 16 Jacob Host, 17 Kurt Mann

Summary:The Dragion just missed out on playing finals football last year after fading late in the season. They welcome Ben Hunt from the Broncos with a lot of expectation on his shoulders. James Graham will lead their pack and offer some aggressive inspiration. Matt Dufty is a promising fullback who last year showed that he can take on the attacking role shouldered by Josh Dugan, who has departed the club.

TAB odds:

Premiership: $17

Top 8: $1.85

SYDNEY ROOSTERS

2017 ladder position: 2nd

2017 finish: Lost Preliminary Final

2017 win-loss record: W 17, L 7

2017 points for: 500

2017 points against: 428

2017 leading try scorer: Latrell Mitchell (15)

2017 leading goal scorer: Michael Gordon (72)

2017 leading point scorer: Michael Gordon (172)

Coach: Trent Robinson Captain: Boyd Cordner

Ins: James Tedesco (Wests Tigers), Cooper Cronk (Storm), Reece Robinson (NSW Waratahs)

Outs: Kane Evans (Eels), Aidan Guerra (Knights), Connor Watson (Knights), Liam Knight (Raiders), Paul Carter (released), Mitchell Pearce (Knights)

Best 17:1 James Tedesco, 2 Daniel Tupou, 3 Latrell Mitchell, 4 Joseph Manu, 5 Blake Ferguson, 6 Luke Keary, 7 Cooper Cronk, 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 9 Jake Friend, 10 Dylan Napa, 11 Boyd Cordner, 12 Mitch Aubusson, 13 Sio Siua Taukeiaho. Interchange: 14 Ryan Matterson, 15 Isaac Liu, 16 Zane Tetevano, 17 Victor Radley.

Summary: After a disappointing end to the 2017 season, the Roostes have gone all-out in an attempt to bring home a premiership in 2018. Cooper Cronk joins the club on a one-year deal and he'll have at his disposal the attacking threat of James Tedesco at fullback. Cronk is the ultimate professional and he should soon have the Roosters clicking, with young stars Latrell Mitchell and Luke Keary set to benefit.

TAB odds:

Premiership: $5

Top 8: $1.18

WESTS TIGERS

2017 ladder position: 14th

2017 finish: Missed finals

2017 win-loss record: W 7, L 17

2017 points for: 413

2017 points against: 571

2017 leading try scorer: Kevin Naiqama (9)

2017 leading goal scorer: Tuimoala Lolohea (38)

2017 leading point scorer: Tuimoala Lolohea (96)

Coach: Ivan Cleary Captains: Benji Marshall, Josh Reynolds, Russell Packer, Chris Lawrence and Elijah Taylor

Ins: Josh Reynolds (Bulldogs), Benji Marshall (Broncos), Russell Packer (Dragons), Ben Matulino (Warriors), Chris McQueen (Titans), Mahe Fonua (Hull FC), Taane Milne (Dragons), Robbie Rochow (Storm), Corey Thompson (Widnes Vikings), Pita Godinet (Sea Eagles)

Outs: James Tedesco (Roosters), Aaron Woods (Bulldogs), Matt Ballin (retired), Joel Edwards (released), Justin Hunt (retired), Jack Littlejohn (released), Kyle Lovett (released), Jordan Rankin (Huddersfield Giants), Ava Seumanufagai (Sharks), Jeremy Marshall-King (Bulldogs)

Best 17:1 Tuimoala Lolohea 2 David Nofoaluma 3 Taane Milne 4 Kevin Naiqama 5 Mahe Fonua 6 Josh Reynolds 7 Luke Brooks 8 Russell Packer 9 Matt McIlwrick 10 Ben Matulino 11 Chris Lawrence 12 Chris McQueen 13 Elijah Taylor. Interchange: 14 Alex Twal 15 Sauaso Sue 16 Matt Eisenhuth 17 Jacob Liddle

Summary: It is set to be a very interesting year for Ivan Cleary's Tigers, with some big changes in personnel. Club favourites James Tedesco and Aaron Woods have gone, but Josh Reynolds, Russell Packer and Benji Marshall have joined. Luke Brooks, who is starting to find his feet at halfback, will have to adjust to all the new faces. Cleary has proven he can coach, and he has built this team to return the club to its former glory.

TAB odds:

Premiership: $81

Top 8: $6