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The NRL's best and worst off-season moves

AAP logoAAP 26/10/2016 James MacSmith

YOUR CLUB'S BEST AND WORST PLAYER MOVEMENTS FOR THE 2017 NRL SEASON:

Brisbane:

Best: New signing Tautau Moga was once hailed as the next Israel Folau but has had his career stalled by three knee reconstructions. If the former Roosters and Cowboys centre can hit his straps, it solves a big problem for the Broncos who are light on in the three-quarter line.

Worst: Benji Marshall. Hard to see how he fits in at Red Hill. He is behind Ben Hunt and Anthony Milford in the halves and he lacks the speed to play centre. There could be plenty of benchwarming for the former Golden Boot winner this year.

Canberra:

Best: Letting out-of-form and ill-disciplined Frank Paul Nuuausala go late last year was a wise move by coach Ricky Stuart.

Worst: The loss of Sam Williams could leave the club's lack of playmaking depth exposed.

Canterbury:

Best: Tony Williams hardly landed a blow in his four years at Belmore. Dogs fans will be happy to see the back of him.

Worst: Curtis Rona was comfortable the club's leading tryscorer over the past two years, but they did nothing to stop him from defecting to rugby union.

Cronulla:

Best: The premiers have secured Manaia Cherrington from Wests Tigers to cover for the loss of retired hooker Michael Ennis. But they really need to sign a name hooker before the season starts. Skipper Paul Gallen wants James Segeyaro.

Worst: Premiership-winning back-rower Chris Heighington's future hasn't been sorted despite his desire to stay in the shire.

Gold Coast:

Best: Jarryd Hayne. Only played six games at the back end of last year. With a full pre-season under his belt, the Hayne Plane will be ready to take the NRL by storm again.

Worst: Greg Bird's off-field record is poor at best, but without him in the pack the Titans lack intimidation and experience.

Manly:

Best: Shaun Lane. The tall forward burst onto the scene with the Bulldogs in 2015, but played jsut one NRL game last year after being shipped off to the Warriors. He is a far better player than that.

Worst: Losing Jamie Buhrer. In the past Manly would do everything to keep great clubmen like Buhrer. Now they trade them for reserve grade wingers in Akuila Uate.

Melbourne:

Best: Josh Addo-Carr. The former Tigers speedster should step right into the Storm wing spot vacated by the Super Rugby-bound Marika Koroibete.

Worst: The loss of Blake Green means Cooper Cronk will have another halves partner. If Billy Slater isn't fit and Cameron Munster has to stay at fullback they are in trouble.

Warriors:

Best: If he gets the go-ahead to play, Kieran Foran will form a premiership-contending spine with Shaun Johnson, Issac Luke and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

Worst: Is Foran ready to play football again and should the NRL allow him back?

Newcastle::

Best: Good riddance Akuila Uate, who was said to be paid around $500,000 a year just to hang on the wing.

Worst: Can't land a big fish. Need to sign a bigger name than Buhrer or Rory Kostjasyn before the season starts.

North Queensland:

Best: Did fantastically well to re-sign Lachlan Coote despite bigger money deals on offer from Sydney.

Worst: Losing representative prop and premiership winner James Tamou leaves a big hole in their pack.

Parramatta:

Best: Nathan Brown was arguably South Sydney's best forward this year and will bring plenty of aggression to the Eels pack.

Worst: Losing Foran leaves the Eels missing a key piece of their premiership puzzle.

Penrith:

Best: Tamou's signing means the Panthers now boast arguably the best forward pack in the game.

Worst: Segeyaro's departure leaves them thin in the hooking department.

South Sydney:

Best: The good Robbie Farah. The Rabbitohs desperately need some more creativity in attack and Farah will bring that.

Worst: The bad Robbie Farah. The NSW No.9 is a polarising figure and will need to fit into coach Michael Maguire's tough regime to be a success.

St George Illawarra:

Best: Mitch Rein, nicknamed Myth Rein by the disgruntled Red V faithful, struggled in the Dragons hooking role this year and former Rabbitohs hooker Cameron McInnes is a welcome change.

Worst: Benji is gone and that is an understandable move, but the Dragons don't have another big-name playmaker to replace him.

Sydney Roosters:

Best: The club is still looking for Mitchell Pearce's halves partner after somehow letting Sharks premiership winner James Maloney go last year. Former Rabbitohs playmaker Luke Keary will get first shot at that.

Worst: Bondi has become the new home of the game's bad boys after signing Zane Tetevano, Paul Carter and Liam Knight. Who will take the blame if that turns sour?

Wests Tigers:

Best: With Farah gone the Tigers can finally concentrate on football and re-signed halves Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks have the chance to shine.

Worst: Matt McIllwrick, who has played 28 NRL games in five years, has been signed as Farah's replacement. Matt Ballin, 33 in January, is another option should he bounce back from a serious knee injury.

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