Depends on the way you spin it.
Ratchford played 32 games last year he isnt injury prone. Myler had some injuries but is very good.
At 1 we have Russell one of the standouts of RLWC and he is replacing an injury prone 35 year old.
Our three quarters are settled and have consistently delivered and often been part of yhe best attack in SL. Not sure why anybody would question J Monaghan.
Wire - Russell, Riley, Bridge, Atkins, Monaghan
Russell did well in the World Cup but mostly played against lesser opposition and certainly showed off some areas of his game that he needs to improve as well as some very good attributes.
Are Riley and Bridge a good enough pairing to really worry that many defences or worry too many attacking sides...........I don't think they are. Atkins and Monaghan though are a very solid top class pairing.
Compare it to the best 1-5 on paper and you can see a big difference in my opinion.
That 1-5 being Leeds..............
Hardaker, T Briscoe, Watkins, Moon, Hall
Top top top class from 1-5
Wigan's only worry for me is Gelling if they play him at 5 as his squad number suggests they might.
Bowen, Charnley, Goulding, Thornley, Gelling
Not as good as Leeds but plenty of ability and for me in front of Wire's first choice 1-5.
Huddersfield are solid in Grix, McGilvray, Cudjoe, Wardle and Murphy and possess real strike with Cudjoe and Wardle, with the latter one to watch I think in 2014.
Saints possibly have the most youthful 1-5 and the most underrated back in SL in Tommy Makinson.
Lomax, Makinson, Turner, Jones and Swift all have tries in them and this season will have a much stronger pack to play behind as well as a proper halfback pairing, so I expect them to show more improvement than any other team.
So there you go on paper at 1-5 Wire I feel have a bit of catching up to do and outside of their top 17 lack real depth.
That said games are not played on paper but it could be a long season for Wire in my opinion and I'll stick my neck out and say they won't make top 4!!!
Edited by LordCharles, 30 December 2013 - 10:10 AM.