Top 10 players to improve their club's fortunes
A new signing can be a source of hope. Each of the following confirmed signings will add to their new home in their own way, with the common goal to help improve their club's fortunes in 2017.
10. Michael Gordon (Roosters)
The one-time New South Wales Origin representative may be reaching the pointy end of his career but he's exactly the kind of player boom rookies Latrell Mitchell and Joseph Manu need. Similar to the relationship between Roosters legend Anthony Minichiello and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck a number of years back, Gordon's presence will help the Tricolours' young outside backs take the next step in their burgeoning NRL careers.
9. Jamal Idris (Wests Tigers)
Jamal Idris's arrival offers the Wests Tigers a breath of fresh air in the aftermath of coach Jason Taylor and former captain Robbie Farah's bitter feud. Idris hasn't been spotted in the NRL in over 12 months after he left Australia to discover the world – and seemingly – himself. Known to most as a centre, don't be surprised to see Idris bolster the Tigers' forward pack by making a permanent move to the back row.
8. Paul Vaughan (Dragons)
Big expectations surround the former Raiders hard man. Signing a big-money contract, the Country Origin representative will have to compete with the likes of Russell Packer, Mose Masoe, Leeson Ah Mau and Tariq Sims to justify his worth to the Red V. Time spent in the Intrust Super Premiership in 2016 will prove Vaughan's main motivation as the Dragons look to start afresh.
7. David Mead (Broncos)
One of Brisbane's main problems this season was their lack of the depth in the outside backs. Greg Eden, Lachlan Maranta, Tom Opacic, Jack Reed and Jonus Pearson failed as permanent fixtures due to injury. Mead's arrival – following a successful eight-year stint at the Titans – is exactly what Brisbane require. A noted try scorer, Mead leaves the Titans with the most four-pointers in the club's history (67).
6. Jarrod Wallace (Titans)
Take skipper Ryan James and hair bears Agnatius Paasi and Leivaha Pulu out of the equation and there is a glaring lack of size at the Titans. Enter Wallace. The former Bronco has started just 10 of his 73 first grade games having been stuck behind Sam Thaiday, Adam Blair and Josh McGuire his entire career. The Titans will offer the 25-year-old a new lease on life in the NRL as he and New Zealand international Kevin Proctor will be tasked with replacing Super League-bound duo Luke Douglas and Greg Bird.
5. Jamie Buhrer (Knights)
The Knights haven't won a game in almost seven months. By season's end it was evident Newcastle needed a whole heap of skill and experience if they were to pull themselves off the bottom of the NRL Telstra Premiership ladder in 2017. Sea Eagles veteran Jamie Buhrer ticks all of those boxes as he looks to fill the void left by retiring Newcastle co-captain Jeremy Smith.
4. Blake Green (Sea Eagles)
Manly coach Trent Barrett will head into pre-season training with three certainties in mind: Jamie Lyon is retired, Dylan Walker is a centre and former Storm playmaker Blake Green is exactly what the Sea Eagles need. Green's successful two years since his NRL return in Melbourne has paved the way for a return to Sydney. Daly Cherry-Evans struggled last season without a consistent halves partner. Cherry-Evans now has every opportunity to return to his best alongside Green.
3. Kieran Foran (Warriors)
The Warriors are quickly mirroring a full-strength Kiwis side now Kieran Foran has arrived. Foran could prove the final piece of the Warriors' premiership puzzle despite his chequered past 12 months. Foran has plenty of familiar faces to confide in with former Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney now running the show. Partnered with Shaun Johnson in a spine including Tuivasa-Sheck and Issac Luke, the only way is up for Foran and the Warriors.
2. James Tamou (Panthers)
Being overlooked for the Kangaroos' Four Nations campaign may prove a blessing for Tamou. The Panthers will be hoping his success translates to the foot of the mountains quick smart considering Tamou achieved everything the game has to offer in his eight seasons at the Cowboys. While Tamou's signature came at the cost of popular club man Jeremy Latimore there's no denying Penrith's premiership credentials are now legitimate.
1. Robbie Farah (Rabbitohs)
The dramas surrounding Farah over his final two years at Wests Tigers has clouded the fact he remains a great player. The incumbent NSW Origin hooker's arrival at Redfern will finally help put Issac Luke's departure to bed. Cameron McInnes has made way but Farah will be well-supported by Damien Cook, who'll likely remain on the Rabbitohs' bench. Once again Michael Maguire's men will be a force to be reckoned with.