There’s no doubt that Super League can be criticised for bringing in players that are past their time, but often enough the competition can attract some of the best talents within the sport.
Here’s a look at some of most attractive Super League signings so far…
Castleford’s signing of former Leeds fullback Zak Hardaker was arguably one of the worst-kept secrets during this off-season. However, it was one that had fans divided in opinions.
Nevertheless, Zak Hardaker is a former Steve Prescott Man of Steel winner, and if he can get back to his best, he will be one of the best players within Daryl Powell’s squad.
While his short stint with Penrith didn’t go to exact plan, he did show times of his 2015 self and was impressive on occasions.
With the right support, Hardaker could be contesting yet again for the Man of Steel Award 2017.
Sam Williams is undoubtedly one of the most underrated halfbacks in the game, and his previous experience in the Super League will help him with his transition to Wakefield.
Former Raiders half-back had a stint with the Catalans Dragons, most famously remembered for his last-minute winning try against Leeds in the 2014 play-offs campaign.
The Country Origin representative spent 2016 in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW, which saw him win the competition’s player of the year, alongside being selected in the team of the year.
Williams has struggled at times to find a starting role in the NRL, but will almost-definitely be one of the first names down on the team sheet for Chris Chester in 2017.
If you know the game, you know just how good this player is.
The former Australia and New South Wales forward has spent the past six years with the Gold Coast Titans, but will find a new home in the South of France with the Catalans Dragons.
The make-shift halfback has never feared from confrontation on the pitch which has seen him listed as one of the best players within the game.
However, unfortunately the player has had his trouble off the field too, including being stripped of his Gold Coast Titans captaincy weeks before the 2015 NRL campaign due to breaking club breaches.
Nevertheless, Bird is a fine athlete and will be hoping to lead the Dragons to a top 8 finish in 2017.
Greg Bird doesn’t mind confrontation on the pitch, pictured above being sent to the sin bin during a State of Origin match in 2013.
It was quite a shock when the Wigan Warriors announced the re-signing of New Zealand halfback Thomas Leuluai, who previously played for the Warriors between 2007 and 2012, making over 180 club appearances.
Shaun Wane lost Matty Smith to St Helens during the pre-season, but the signing of the current New Zealand halfback will no doubt be an exciting addition to Wane’s squad in 2017.
Despite recently breaking his jaw during a Four Nations test match against Scotland, the club has revealed that Leuluai should be recovered in time for the 2017 Super League season.
Leuluai made 64 appearances for the New Zealand Warriors between 2013 and 2016, scoring ten tries.
Josh Griffin was a hero for Salford in 2016, which earned himself a deal at Hull FC in an exciting move.
Jesse Sene-Lefao appeared just six times for the Cronulla Sharks in 2016, but the Samoan international will bring size and power to The Jungle in 2017.
Newly promoted Leigh Centurions arguably have one of the best signings in Glenn Stewart, who will bring a vast amount of experience to the side.
Lastly, the re-signing of Joe Burgess will see Wigan with one of the strongest and fastest backs within the competition in Burgess and Dom Manfredi.