Bradford Bulls - Francis Cummins has taken over from Mick Potter for 2013 and the Bulls have been fairly quiet in the transfer market, none too surprising given the financial difficulties they encountered last year. The loss of four props in the off-season has left them looking light up front, even after they captured Adam Sidlow from Salford. The Bulls have a starting 13 that could challenge for a top eight slot, but their paper-thin squad is a serious worry.
In- Matty Blythe, Ben Evans, Jamie Foster and Adam Sidlow.
Out - Tom Burgess, Ian Sibbitt, Kyle Briggs, Oliver Elima, Bryn Hargreaves, Jason Crookes, Paul Sykes, Craig Kopczak,Karl Pryce and Phil Joseph.
Castleford - A disappointing 2012 led to Ian Millward wielding the axe in the close season and the Tigers have been busy in the transfer market. Joe Arundel moves onto Hull, but the return of Michael Shenton fills the void he leaves in the centre. For all the comings and goings, it's still Rangi Chase that holds the key to Castleford's season. They need the adopted Englishmen to return to form this season if they are to have any chance of improving on last year.
In - Michael Shenton, Jake Webster, Lee Gilmour, Jordan Tansey, Justin Carney, Weller Houraki and Keith Mason.
Out - Joe Arundel, Nick Youngquest, Paul Jackson, Ryan Hudson, John Davies, Danny Orr, Stuart Jones, Lee Mitchell, Josh Griffin and Steve Snitch.
Catalans Dragons - Trent Robinson has moved on to Sydney City Roosters and his replacement, former French International Laurent Frayssinous, has a tough act to follow after Robinson guided the Dragons to a top 4 spot in his final term. Regular first teamers Sa, Greenshields and Ferriol will take plenty of replacing, and the signing of Brent Webb from Leeds looks a suspect one. Zeb Taia adds further beef to an impressive pack, but all in all, the Catalans don't look as strong, and I don't envisage them reproducing last year's finishing position.
In - Brent Webb, Olivier Elima and Zeb Taia
Out - Seitamata Sa, Clint Greenshields, David Ferriol, Ben Fisher, Cyril Stacul, Sebastien Raguin, Jean-Philippe Baile and Cyril Gossard.
Huddersfield Giants - Paul Anderson's transfer activity tells us we shouldn't be expecting a change in ethos from the Giants this season, with not a single back brought in ahead of the new campaign. The loss of Kevin Brown and Greg Eden leaves the Giants looking even more heavily reliant on the creative threat of Danny Brough. It's hard not to envisage them making the top eight, but I have my doubts on them improving on last year's seventh.
In - Brett Ferres, Ukuma Ta'ai, Anthony Mullally, Stuart Fielden, Craig Kopczak and Shaun Lunt (loan return).
Out - Kevin Brown, Scott Moore, Tommy Lee, Lee Gilmour, Adam Walker, Greg Eden, Tony Tonks, Keith Mason and David Fa'alogo.
Hull FC - Fans of the Airlie birds should have plenty to look forward to this year, the capture of Gareth Ellis the most high profile signing of any Super League side this campaign and Peter Gentle has recruited well elsewhere, too. In truth, a player of Ellis's stature was much needed after FC lost the excellent Wille Manu, but it could be Daniel Holdsworth that holds the key to their top 4 prospects. Hull have been crying out for a half-back that can organise a solid backline and Holdsworth looks just the man for the job. 2013 is the year Hull can finally fulfil their potential.
In - Jay Pitts, Liam Watts, Gareth Ellis, Joe Arundel, Daniel Holdsworth, Paul Johnson, Ben Galea, Jason Crookes, Shannon McDonnell.
Out - Jordan Turner, Willie Manu, Tony Martin, Reece Lyne and Will Sharp.
Hull KR - The loss of Ben Galea, Scott Taylor and Blake Green meant Craig Sandercock was always going to have his work cut out as he aims to turn things round at Craven Park. He's pinned his hopes on Cory Paterson, Travis Burns and Evarn Tuimavave as he looks to fill the substantial void left by that departing trio. Omari Caro, Greg Eden and Sean Gleeson bring further pace and creativity to their backline, but none would be noted for their defensive qualities, and whilst scoring points is again unlikely to be a problem, conceding them may well be.
In - Sean Gleeson, Cory Paterson, Omari Caro, Travis Burns, Alex Brown, Greg Eden, Evarn Tuimavave.
Out - Liam Watts, Scott Wheeldon, Ben Galea, Blake Green, Scott Taylor, Jake Webster, Joel Clinton, Jason Netherton, Scott Murrell, Louis Sheriff, Dave Peterson, and Shannon McDonnell.
Leeds Rhinos - Quality over quantity seems to have been the approach from Brian McDermott and the reigning champs look to have recruited well ahead of their title defence. Joel Moon adds another dimension to an already exciting backline and Ryan Hall looks sure to benefit from playing outside an out-and-out centre. Mitch Achurch has excellent hands for a back-row forward and is an exciting recruit, whilst the return of the underrated Paul McShane is another positive. The distraction of the World Club Challenge and question marks over their desire to win the regular season make them hard to back for that honour, but they look certain to be in the mix for Old Trafford again.
In - Mitchell Achurch, Liam McAvoy, Joel Moon, Joe Vickery and Jacob Morgan
Out - Jay Pitts, Lee Smith, Brent Webb, Jared Steward, Luke Ambler, Weller Hauraki and Shaun Lunt.
London Broncos - The departure of Rob Powell before the end of last season coincided with a fairly marked improvement in the form of the side from the capital and it bodes well for 2013 that Tony Rea has managed to keep the bulk of his first-team squad. Chad Randall, Craig Gower and Luke Dorn will be as key as ever to their form and they can improve of last season's finishing position if they have some luck with injuries.
In - Shane Grady , Tommy Lee, Alex Hurst.
Out - Ben Bolger, Karl Temata, Omari Caro, Lamont Bryan, Rob Thomas, Joe Ridley, Jason Golden, Julien Rinaldi, Max Edwards and Sam Bolger.
Salford City Reds - It almost goes without saying that so much of Salford's prospects for the season depend solely on whether or not Marwan Koukash's takeover goes through, but even then I can't help but feel that the mammoth task they would then face to even be competitive this season has been underplayed. With less than a week to go until the start of the season, Koukash's turnover is still to be completed, and I reckon they are at least ten players short of having a competitive squad. Daniel Holdsworth, Adam Sidlow, Joel Moon and Luke Patten were at the heart of just about everything that was good about Salford last year and they are going to be incredibly hard to replace so close to the start of the season. Even if they are able to bolster squad quickly, it will still take time for players to adjust having not had a pre-season with the squad. The wooden spoon beckons for the Reds.
In - Andrew Dixon, Martin Gleeson.
Out - Matty Smith, Sean Gleeson, Daniel Holdsworth, Luke Adamson, Iafeta Palea'aesina, Luke Towers, Callum Marriott, Andy Morris, Adam Walne, Adam Sidlow, Joel Moon, Luke Patten, Josh Veivers, and Vinnie Anderson.
St Helens - Nathan Brown takes the helm at Langtree Park this season and Saints fans will be hopeful that he's the man that can return some silverware to Merseyside. Unlike a lot of sides, Saints have managed to keep hold of their key players and have recruited well too. Willie Manu will suit the Saints style of rugby down to the ground and it would be no surprise to see him emerge as a Man of Steel contender. Whilst key players at Warrington and Leeds are hitting the veteran stage, the bulk of this Saints side are now into their prime and they should be pushing for regular season honours.
In - Willie Manu, Jordan Turner and Alex Walmsley.
Out - Michael Shenton, Jamie Foster, Chris Flannery and Shaun Magennis.
Wakefield Wildcats - Richard Agar has stuck with the bulk of the side that took them to the play-off's in his first season in charge, with Lee Smith, Richie Mathers and Paul Sykes all there for the large part of last season. Former State of Origin forward Justin Poore has caught the eye in pre-season and looks a good signing, but it's the fact that they have been able to retain the services of Tim Smith that is crucial. His class should ensure they are in with a chance of matching last season's finishing position.
In - Lee Smith, Brad Singleton, Richie Mathers, Paul Sykes, Reece Lyne, Justin Poore, Bobbie Goulding.
Out - Paul Johnson, Andy Ellis, Dale Morton, Russell Spiers, Adam Slater, Steve Southern, Motu Tony, James Davey and Matt James.
Warrington Wolves - Tony Smith sticks with pretty much the same squad that won the Challenge Cup and reached the Grand Final in 2012, with Matty Blythe and David Solomana the only real established first teamers not around this term. The lack of signings isn't a big issue given the depth they already had, but the likes of Brett Hodgson, Lee Briers and Adrian Morley are not getting any younger, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Smith take the softly, softly approach again this term. The Wolves look sure to press for the top honours this season, but could be a risky proposition as far as the regular season goes.
In - None
Out - Matty Blythe, Ben Evans, Lee Mitchell, Ben Hellewell, Brooke Broughton, Bobbie Goulding, David Solomona.
Widnes Vikings - After a solid enough return to the top flight in 2012, Widnes have shown no sign of resting on their laurels, in fact making their ambition quite clear with the acquisitions of Kevin Brown and Gareth Hock. Other than those two, Betts's squad is pretty much the same as last year, though Paul McShane's return to Leeds leaves a big gap to fill in the hooking role. The i-pitch is likely to still be a big advantage to them at home, and with the added touches of class brought by Brown and Hock, the Vikings look set to build on last season.
In - Kevin Brown, Stefan Marsh, Joe Mellor, Eamon O'Carroll, Phil Joseph and Gareth Hock.
Out - Anthony Mullally, Simon Finnigan, Thomas Coyle, Kurt Haggerty, Alex Brown and Sione Kite.
Wigan Warriors - Shaun Wane has a big task on his hands at Wigan this season. Expectations will remain high despite Gareth Hock, Jeff Lima, Thomas Leuluai, Brett Finch and George Carmont all moving on, and Wane doesn't appear to have had the financial backing that his predecessors have benefited from. Blake Green and Scott Taylor were both signed from Hull KR in the off-season, presumably seen as near like-for-like replacements for Brett Finch and Jeff Lima. Taylor is one of the most exciting prospects in the English game, but Green managed just the ten appearances in an injury ravaged 2012 campaign and Wigan may badly miss the organisation Finch brought to the backs. A strong crop of youngsters at the DW inspires some confidence, but Wigan don't look to have replaced those outgoing stars well enough to be considered the same threat as in recent seasons.
In - Blake Green, Scott Taylor and Matty Smith
Out - Stefan Marsh, Joe Mellor, Thomas Leuluai, Brett Finch, Jeff Lima, Matthew Russell, Stuart Fielden, George Carmont, Amos Roberts, Ryan King and Gareth Hock.