A disruptive 2016 has Canberra's Blake Austin primed to regain the form that earned him the Dally M Five-Eighth of the Year award just two seasons ago.
The North Queensland Cowboys have signed experienced forward Shaun Fensom from the Canberra Raiders on a two-year deal.
After falling agonisingly short of their first grand final appearance since 1994 last season, Canberra are poised for another premiership assault.
Raiders skipper Jarrod Croker says he's likely to miss the first month of the season after dislocating his knee cap during the All Stars game in Newcastle.
Towering winger Edrick Lee has joined the Sharks effective immediately after being released from his current contract by the Canberra Raiders.
After an outstanding first year in the NRL, Canberra's English back-rower Elliott Whitehead is refreshed and ready to lead the Green Machine's title charge.
Raiders halfback Aidan Sezer admits the team has work to do after being hammered 44-0 by the Knights in their only NRL trial match.
Newcastle have hammered Canberra in a NRL trial match in Queanbeyan, piling on 44 unanswered points.
Ricky Stuart admits he's been surprised by the rapid rise of English hooker Josh Hodgson, who will captain the Raiders in the absence of Jarrod Croker.
Canberra's Jordan Turner and Nick Cotric will have the chance to push their credentials to replace Jarrod Croker at centre in an NRL trial against Newcastle.