Five Super League arrivals to watch... and five stars on the comeback trail
David Mead (Catalans): The livewire back starred for Brisbane Broncos last season and for PNG in the World Cup. Expect him to deliver some excitement for the Dragons – either at full-back or on the wing.
Bureta Faraimo (Hull FC): The ex-Parramatta winger has big boots to fill, following Mahe Fonua’s exit, but made a promising debut in a friendly. “He is a smoking gun,” enthused coach Lee Radford.
Pauli Pauli (Wakefield): So good, they named him twice! This ex-Newcastle forward is only 23 and should add size and power to a handy Trinity pack.
Tyrone Roberts (Warrington): The former Gold Coast Titans is a marquee recruit for the Wolves – will he turn around their fortunes? Back Bryson Goodwin is also a handy player.
Mose Masoe (Hull KR): He joined KR last year but will be back in Super League with the newly-promoted outfit – expect the ex-Saints wrecking ball to reclaim his ‘pantomime villain’ tag!
And five players on the comeback march...
Ben Currie (Warrington): He impressed for England in the World Cup despite hardly playing for Wire last season. Expect the forward to again catch the eye.
Tom Johnstone (Wakefield): He was being talked about as a future England international when he damaged his ACL. Adds potency and flair to a workmanlike Trinity side.
Ben Flower (Wigan): Warriors really missed him last year. The enforcer of their front-row – and his return will increase competition for prop spots.
Morgan Escare (Wigan): A shrewd recruit by Shaun Wane, he added the French polish (sorry!) to Wigan’s early-season form. The sight of Escare and Sam Tomkins playing in tandem should be exciting.
Ben Barba (St Helens): Sure, he returned from a doping ban and played five games for Saints last year. But after a full off-season, he should be even better.