Catalans will improve greatly because they had the worst coach in Super League, who dragged them to the bottom of the competition. The only way forward is up.
Leeds have plenty of improvement in them. So they could well deny St Helens and Warrington the right to challenge Wigan in 2011. There are, after all, two spots in the grand final up for grabs.
The draw bridge has pretty much been pulled up.
Inglis may go to Brisbane, if he doesn't stay at Melbourne. But nowhere else.
All the other top NRL stars, who could make a difference to a Super League club rival of Wigan --- such as the Melbourne 4, Thurston, Lockyer, Gasnier, Morris, Jennings, Prince, Marshall, Pearce, Carney, Dugan, Coote (look at the State of Origin and Kiwi teams) ---are committed to NRL clubs for 2011.
2012 could be a different story, though the impending NRL salary cap increase will probably stop the super stars from coming to England.
So its only NRL players that can make a difference to the team??? FFS which is it the coach or the players?
Saints get a new cach this year.. surely that coach could be someone who will get that team even better and destroy the rest..
How about if Richard Agar gets binned and a new coach goes in there?? stranger things have happened..
Mick Potter this great coach at catalans goes to Bradford and totaly changes them around..
That is th coaching analogy if you believe that Catalans can be turned around by the coach.. all the above can too especailly Bradford and Saints who we know are getting two new coaches let along anyone else who changes in the summer..
Players wise.. is it only the NRL players that can change a team around??? not a chance.. there are some great talents that can move and make a huge difference in the summer..
LMS would make a big differene to saints who seem to have little behind their 2 main front rowers..
Shenton, Westerman may leav cas and could fill in the final missing peices in jugsaws
Mathers if cas can keep a few other players could pull them up a few places.. a challenging cas could cause some upsets upsets that change the look of the top 6
Hull only need 1 or two good players in depth to cause major issues same with KR all of which can be found int he super league..
the NRL is not the holy grail. there are a good few clubs that just need depth of talent and that is in the super league already that can be moved around.. leeds have faltered becuase they have been a bit poor but also due to injuries and those below the first team not being ready or good enough, good enough can be solved with a couple of signing, ready is being solved as they play more..
It s not a done deal by any strecth.. these players MIGHT make the team stronger if they gel well, if they are fit and if they want to play (all big ifs.. what if one gets injured at the end of hte NRL season for the year?) teams with top players dont always win championships.. look at melbourne who lost
Yes they should be stronger but they are by no means a shoe in for a place in the grand final let alone a championship.. lets see what all teams look like at the starting gun of next season before making stupid predictions otherwise it will be a long 5 match + play offs + offseason on this board