The Super League season feels as though it has only just finished but it won’t be long before pre-season campaigns are getting underway once more .
While some clubs will be content when it comes to recruitment, others will be keen to make a few late signings over the coming months to bolster their squad ahead of next season.
With that in mind, we take a look at where every club could look to strengthen ahead of the 2022 campaign.
The Dragons have plenty of work to do over the off-season, it would seem.
Football manager Joe Chan revealed earlier this week that the club would be looking for a prop and an outside back over the off-season, but a half-back is undoubtedly the priority
Mitchell Pearce seems to be the man they’re going after to replace James Maloney according to reports down under and he more than fits the bill.
The Tigers seem to be done when it comes to recruitment and finding the cap space required for a new signing would be difficult.
Their squad looks reasonably well-rounded, but if they were to make changes and look to bring another player in, it might well be in the back-row.
Castleford saw Jesse Sene-Lefao, Oliver Holmes and Alex Foster leave the club at the end of the year, while Kenny Edwards is the only specialist back-rower to arrive, with Alex Sutcliffe able to play there despite spending most of his Super League career to date at centre.
As such, while he probably won’t be concerned, it seems Lee Radford could be a second-rower light.
The Giants have recruited well for next season, strengthening their spine under Ian Watson with additions in the halves and at hooker.
However, they haven’t managed to replace Darnell McIntosh just yet, leaving them short of options out wide.
They have the experienced Jermaine McGillvary and the Senior brothers, but wing options are limited beyond that.
Hull FC: Front-row
The Black and Whites have been looking for a front-rower for some time and with pre-season approaching they are understood to be closing in on their man.
They found themselves extremely short through the middle at times last season and Brett Hodgson has spoken regularly about his desire to add to his pack numbers.
Hull KR: Outside-back
The Robins have packed out their squad with a number of new faces, but they haven’t managed to bring in a like for like replacement for Greg Minikin, who will be joining Warrington Wolves this year.
They have Ryan Hall, Ben Crooks, Sam Wood and Ethan Ryan, who can all play on the wing meaning the need for a replacement is hardly pressing, but the talent of Minikin in those areas may well be missed.
The Rhinos have brought in men to play in the back-row, halves and on the wing to give their squad a fresh feel going into the new season.
However, they still haven’t managed to replace King Vuniyayawa, who has joined Salford Red Devils.
They’re not short of talent in the front-row, but in terms of numbers a new prop would probably be beneficial.
With Kevin Brown, Ata Hingano and Tui Lolohea leaving the club, Salford Red Devils entered the off-season knowing they needed a half-back.
They’ve signed Brodie Croft from Brisbane Broncos, but they could still be on the lookout for another.
The Red Devils have signed Ryan Brierley, but he’s expected to play full-back at the AJ Bell next year, while Chris Atkin is still at the club.
St Helens: Front-row
Saints have managed to replace most of the players they have seen leave over the off-season and they aren’t expected to do much more business.
However, thinking long-term, a middle might be on their list. In Alex Walmsley, Matty Lees, Agnatius Paasi, Kyle Amor and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook they have an impressive front-row roster.
However, at 34 and 35, Amor and McCarthy-Scarsbrook are in the twilight of their careers and while they are still performing to a high standard, they aren’t expected to be able to play all 27 rounds next season, particularly on the back of a short turnaround, meaning depth could be necessary.
The French side need to recruit all over the field in order to make sure they’re ready to compete in the Super League.
However, ensuring they have a pack that can hold its own is absolutely vital and they’re set to make more signings in the coming weeks and months.
Wakefield: A Middle
Replacing Joe Westerman is a thankless task. The loose-forward was a huge presence for the West Yorkshire outfit over the first half of the season, but he’s on his way to Castleford for next year.
He leaves a hole Wakefield haven’t managed to fill through the middle and in truth, they could probably do with an addition in the front-row in the name of depth.
Sadiq Adebiyi replaces Chris Green, but another prop would allow Willie Poching to be comfortable with his options.
Warrington will be pleased with their business, with the likes of Oliver Holmes and Peter Mata’utia, who shone so brightly for Castleford this season, on their way to the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
They’ve signed Minikin, too, but the knee injury he picked up in September means he will miss a large chunk of the 2022 campaign.
As such, the Wolves could find themselves a little short of options in wide areas.
The Warriors have ensured they have plenty of forward options with the signings of Patrick Mago and Kaide Ellis, but despite signing Abbas Miski, they still find themselves light in the backs.
They were arguably short of options last season in the outside backs and those quality options have only decreased with the departures of Oliver Gildart and Dom Manfredi.
Chris Hankinson has returned to the club from his loan at London Broncos, while Ian Thornley will return to the club to provide some cover.
But, Wigan are seemingly still without the type of star outside back that most of their direct rivals boast.