Super League has still only ever had four winners; Leeds Rhinos, Bradford Bulls, Wigan Warriors and the current champions St Helens.
The Saints have dominated the competition for the past four years, becoming the first side in Super League history to win four Grand Finals in a row.
With the rest of the league playing catch up for so long, teams have invested heavily to knock St Helens off the top spot. Here are the top three teams we feel are best equipped to do so in 2023.
The Giants enjoyed a reasonably successful 2022, making the Challenge Cup final and the Super League playoffs as Ian Watson started to show why he is one of the best coaches in Super League. After the success of 2022, The Giants are clearly looking to make silverware next season a priority with a raft of impressive new signing to bolster their squad. The return of Jake Connor gives Huddersfield one of the best fullbacks in the league to partner their talented halves in Theo Fages and Tui Lolohea. They have also dipped into the NRL to sign centres Esan Marsters and Kevin Naiqama, the latter knowing all about winning silverware in England after a trophy laden spell with St Helens.
I think its fair to say Warrington failed to flatter in 2022. Their first season under Head Coach Daryl Powell left a lot to be desired and the club has responded with a number of personnel changes ahead of the 2023 season to avoid a repeat of last seasons disappointment. Paul Vaughan and Josh McGuire have been drafted in from the NRL to bolster the Wolves forward pack and they join Matt Dufty and Thomas Mikaele as the Wires overseas recruitment. George Williams had a poor season domestically but showed his class for England during the World Cup and will be a handful for all Super League sides if he can bring that form to Warrington. The Wolves haven’t won the league since 1955 and are constantly mocked by rival fans for the drought, but 2023 could be their year
It may seem strange to include last seasons beaten Grand Finalists as dark horses in 2023 but Leeds run to Old Trafford was unexpected by most. A poor start to the season meant they faced an uphill battle just to reach the playoffs, if the Rhinos want to be successful next season then they need to start the year on the right foot. A strong squad with improving young players, the future looks promising for Leeds and if they can stay injury free expect them to push for silverware.