New Dragons co-captain Gareth Widdop will miss the Auckland Nines to instead lead his side against Wynnum Manly in a pre-season trial.
He may only be 24, but Korbin Sims is ready to take on a leadership role at the Newcastle Knights in 2016.
NRL.com's Lone Scout continues his profiles of each club's best Fantasy prospects for 2016, with three premium options at Wests Tigers.
With a strong squad, few Origin players and some of the finest attacking weapons, the Warriors look ready to deliver some must-have NRL Fantasy talents.
Last season's NRL Rookie of the Year Jack Bird has signed a new deal with the Cronulla Sharks, keeping him at the club until at least the end of 2017.
With a number of big-name internationals in their ranks, the Melbourne Storm have a number of strong Fantasy options – including arguably the best in the NRL.
NRL.com's Lone Scout continues his profiles of each club's best Fantasy prospects for 2016, with the Titans boasting one of the most promising cash cows.
The opportunity to bring fresh ideas from a premiership-winning Cowboys side in new assistant coach Jason Demetriou was too good to refuse for Paul McGregor.
Named in the World All Stars side as a PNG rep and the Emerging Maroons squad, Titan Nene Macdonald is for now content to enjoy the best of both worlds.
North Queensland coach Paul Green has not ruled out Matt Bowen returning for the Auckland Nines but won't risk Johnathan Thurston in the NRL season opener.