Castleford Tigers – Ben Crooks
After a disappointing spell with Parramatta Eels, which saw him play for the club’s U20’s and later the feeder club, Crooks will be hoping he can return to the form which earned him a place in the Super League Dream Team with Hull FC in 2013. Adding to his eagerness to impress in 2016 is the chance to play for his boyhood club and follow in his father Lee’s footsteps.
Catalans Dragons – Morgan Escare
On his day he was one of the best fullbacks in Super League last season, but battling inconsistency and poor away form with the Dragons ensured he would be keen to let 2015 be forgotten. An exciting recruitment for the club has people talking of a French revolution next season, and Escare will be hoping he can recapture his menacing form from 2014.
Huddersfield Giants – Ryan Hinchcliffe
Hinchliffe has big expectations for next season since arriving at Huddersfield from Melbourne Storm. The Giants relied on youngster Kruise Leeming and stand-in hooker Luke Robinson last season and Hinchcliffe will give them the added bonus of an experienced head at dummy-half. Whilst his acquisition will give Robinson the chance to excel in the halves, he has his own potential to thrive in the competition.
Hull FC – Jamie Shaul
After a rollercoaster season, Shaul will be eager to hold down the number one position at Hull FC next season. With Jordan Rankin’s departure from the club, the opportunity has been handed to the 23 year-old to prove he can compete with the best fullbacks in the competition. His try-scoring record from previous seasons shows he can be prolific in Super League, all he needs to do is be consistent.
Hull KR – Terry Campese
The glimpse of Campese on show in the early stages of the 2015 season proved why Hull KR were excited about his arrival, but unfortunately injuries took their toll and finished his season before it had really begun. The fight for fitness has already begun and although Chris Chester admitted he took on a risk on his signing, Campese has a big point to prove in 2016.
Leeds Rhinos – Liam Sutcliffe
One of the most exciting prospects in Super League, Sutcliffe has a chance to set into the side on a regular basis next season after Kevin Sinfield’s retirement. Along with a number of youngsters at the club, Sutcliffe must step up his game to ensure the Rhinos continue their blistering form which saw them win the treble last season.
Salford Red Devils – Justin Carney
After an internal investigation and later suspension at Castleford Tigers last season, Carney will be keen to do the talking on the pitch with a fresh start at Salford. His previous record shows why he is one of the most feared wingers in Super League and he must ensure that off-the-field matters do not hamper his undoubted ability.
St Helens – Jonny Lomax
It has been a torrid period for Saints’ number one having been riddled with injuries for what seems like an eternity. If nothing else, a regular return to the field would be a huge boost for the 25-year-old, who will be desperate to showcase his undoubted talents once again.
Wakefield Wildcats – Ben Jones-Bishop
Switching clubs is never easy and the change has been made no doubt more difficult by the fact he will be regularly playing at fullback next season. Although the 27 year-old has held his own in the number one position in his few games there, he will need to adapt to the ins-and-outs of fullback ahead of a huge season for the Wildcats.
Warrington Wolves – Chris Sandow
After continued problems in the halves last season, Warrington will be calling on Sandow to provide the creativity to ensure they push themselves back into the top four of the competition. Whilst his signing at the mid-way point of 2015 raised an eyebrow or two, he was unable to live up to his expectations as Warrington missed out on the play-offs. Big things are expected of Sandow next season.
Widnes Vikings – Danny Tickle
Tickle is on the road to recovery after he was hospitalized after a nightclub attack. The 32 year-old will not doubt be given a warm welcome when he returns to the field next season. His kicking game can be a great asset for Widnes next season but the main priority for Tickle will be to kick-on after a setback to his career.
Wigan Warriors – Josh Charnley
After a largely disappointing campaign in 2015, Charnley will be optimistic he can return to his old-self and re-establish himself as one of Super League’s best wingers. With no Joe Burgess to challenge Charnley for a place in the side, a huge season is awaiting the 24 year-old. While is still a relatively young player, Charnley will be hoping he can prove he did not peak too soon.