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Three Super League clubs who could be worried in 2022

Predictions are coming in thick and fast ahead of the 2022 Super League season, with the excitement palpable for the start of the new campaign in February.

New signings have been added with some departures thrown in as top flight sides attempt to improve on their showing in 2021.

For some, it’s a case of looking up at the table whilst for others, they may have to look over their shoulders as the season approaches the business end.

Here are three Super League clubs who should be worried in 2022.

Toulouse Olympique

I think the most recently promoted Super League side would always be included in such a list, especially one in the shape of Toulouse Olympique who have never been in the top-flight before. Though the likes of Johnathon Ford and Mark Kheirallah have been chomping at the bit for a chance in Super League with the French side, it still remains to be seen how they would fare having been used to the Championship for so many years – no disrespect to the second tier of course. Signings such as Chris Hankinson, James Cunningham and Gadwin Springer have been made, but I feel like Toulouse need more from the transfer market.

Salford Red Devils

They finished 11th in 2021 after Serious About Rugby League predicted them to finish 12th, but Salford Red Devils were saved by the Leigh Centurions, who won just two games all season. The Red Devils have recruited well to be fair, with NRL experience in Shane Wright and Brodie Croft as well as two-time Lance Todd Trophy winner Marc Sneyd from Hull FC. But, Paul Rowley, like Toulouse boss Sylvain Houles, is in his first season as a Super League head coach which might take some getting used to after coaching Toronto Wolfpack and Leigh in the Championship.

Wakefield Trinity

This upcoming season could go one of two ways for Wakefield Trinity; after the debacle under Chris Chester in 2021 – in which they won just four games – Willie Poching was given a chance to impress as interim coach. He won five from the final seven games to be given the reins permanently by the Wakefield hierarchy. And, the difference has been noted already with the mood in camp looking really bright. Trinity have also recruited well with the likes of Lee Gaskell, Liam Hood and Tom Lineham, but they suffered badly with injuries to key men in 2021 as Jacob Miller, Tom Johnstone and Bill Tupou sat on the sidelines for good periods of the year. Can Poching keep his stars fit and happy? That is the question for 2022.

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