The Championship season may be a little way off at the moment, but excitement is already beginning to build.
Unlike in previous years where the financial backing of one team has cemented them as sizeable favourites, a number of teams look capable of earning promotion to Super League in 2023.
Bradford Bulls have pulled off a major double coup to bring in Jack Walker and Bodene Thompson from the Leeds Rhinos both of whom have Grand Final experience.
Sheffield Eagles have also caught the eye. The Eagles have signed the likes of Cory Aston, Jesse Sene-Lefao and exciting Leeds youngster Joe Hird.
Featherstone haven’t been messing around poaching a number of top stars from France including ex-Wigan Warriors centre Chris Hankinson and Catalans Dragons’ Mathieu Cozza as Sean Long looks to put his own stamp on things.
Toulouse Olympique have crucially retained a lot of top stars like Anthony Marion after relegation whilst they have signed Scotland international to play at nine.
But Halifax Panthers have also been busy bringing in Will Maher signing the former Castleford Tigers forward from Hull KR.
A major signing as they add Super League experience to a settled squad who finished third last year and have the potential to get better, the Panthers’ recruitment doesn’t end there with the club expected to announce another new signing today as they look to break into the top two after a couple of years on the outside of those vital two positions.