It’s exactly two months away from the opening game of the 2023 Super League season as Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos do battle at the Halliwell Jones.
But predictions are already being made by fans but there are some clubs set to surprise fans and go against those predictions.
Salford Red Devils
Plenty are expecting Salford to return to the status quo as it was and fall back down the table. But based on the last four years, the new status quo at the AJ Bell Stadium is chasing success after a Grand Final appearance in 2019 and a Challenge Cup Final appearance in 2020. They’ve kept their star players going into 2023, and therefore should be chasing success again in the new season surprising those who expect them to struggle.
Many are expecting Wakefield Trinity to struggle in 2023 and have been critical of their transfer business. However, the signing of former Featherstone Rovers and Warrington Wolves halfback Morgan Smith is an underrated bit of business whilst Samisoni Langi, Kevin Proctor and Renouf Atoni provide real quality to the squad too. They could do better than many expect.
Leigh are an interesting club at present. Newly named, some are expecting the newly promoted side to struggle and others are tipping them to push for the play-offs. With the calibre of their signings in 2023, they could very well push high up the take and surprise those expecting them to struggle.