As a great man said regularly on a now revived television show, the wars are about to begin; the battle to become the Super League grand champions.
The 12 teams all set to kick us into action, but only one can triumph in the end following the long and grueling season that lay in wait.
Who’s side or you on? Who’s your money on? Who will surprise in any manner?
Check out this special team by team preview per Super League, just how they will fare in 2018!
Returning for what could be another season at the very top are the Castleford Tigers.
The Tigers surprised all in 2017 by dominating the majority of the season and in doing so, defeated every one of their opposition at least once.
Though ultimately, they were given a lesson in humility, Darryl Powell’s side will want to amend such mistakes and go better by making an appearance on a big stage and grab more silverware.
But will it be possible? Check out the in-depth analysis of their 2018 preview!
One to Watch: Ben Roberts
Shock horror! Where is Man of Steel Luke Gale or former holder of that award Zak Hardaker?
Unfortunately, they are slowly becoming yesterday’s news due to off-field issues, so that leaves pivot Ben Roberts as the main man in focus.
Roberts has already demonstrated his worth to the Tigers Faithful; having arguably phased out the troubled Rangi Chase to claim the starting position as his own.
His skill has been sublime, most notably his speed and his side-stepping skills that has left opposition stunned in recent seasons.
Statistics such as ten tries, 12 assists and over 2200 metres with ball in hand last season helped the Tigers become the team to beat and there’s no doubt he has the potential to remain such a threat heading into 2018.
The question is whether Gale can step up to the plate once again, or will Roberts receive more responsibility this time around?
One thing is for sure, this guy is certainly one to watch out for!
Young Gun: Jacob Trueman
The latter end of last season saw the young Jacob Trueman put Jim Carrey’s character to shame as he helped the Tigers to Old Trafford.
His top performance saw him score a hat-trick that ultimately saw Wigan miss out on a semi-final berth, stripping them of their Super League and World crown.
Not bad for an 18-year-old but can he produce even more next season?
Why not? His kicking game is rather accurate as on show in the friendly over Featherstone Rovers.
As are his passing skills and ability to work well with his forward pack so he definitely has all the potential.
Like every other youngster, he needs some guidance and he has plenty to learn from in skill and maturity, from the likes of Gale, Roberts and of course skipper Michael Shenton.
He should provide some decent cover in 2018 and help the Tigers remain a potent attacking force should they require a shift in numbers at any point.
Captain’s Corner: Michael Shenton
Captain Shenton helped the Tigers to their biggest prize of the summer era last season and will no doubt return for more given a man in his position.
The 31-year-old has had a memorable career thus far but a win at a major stage has narrowly evaded him on multiple occasions.
Something he personally will wish to sort out and he is easily capable, given his prowess.
Having assisted with the majority of Greg Eden’s 41 tries last season, Shenton terrorised opposition defences for sheer fun and has done so for many years.
So there’s no reason why such an achievement won’t be repeated in 2018.
Perhaps coming close to the end of his career but Shenton of course will want to bow out on a high, and who knows, maybe just the man Castleford require to write further history for themselves and attain more silverware in the years to come.
The Tigers should be in for another strong season, despite an issue off the field or two.
Having retained the majority of their squad from last season, one would think they will develop further and generate further attacking skill to keep opposition bewildered.
However, there’s still plenty of uncertainty at the club, going by the aforementioned issues.
Zak Hardaker and his drug incident, Gale battling his demons and of course the retirement of Andy Lynch leaving some rather gaping holes to fill.
Of course Castleford have plenty of depth, especially for Lynch as players such as Grant Millington and Jesse Sene-Lefao can assume the duties as a main strike force in the pack.
There’s always the possibility of Gale returning to full form and working hard once again with the likes of Trueman and Roberts.
But with Hardaker’s future at the club uncertain, he would be a major loss and going by the way they finished the season and fared in the friendly, they don’t have a replacement.
This could be Castleford’s undoing as not having a consistent full-back can cause disruption at the back, with teams exploiting such a weakness with their kicking games.
But after all, it is one position and still an unanswered question of whether it will be a weakness in 2018.
Overall, Castleford will be strong force once again, but clubs will have done their homework so unless they have new ideas, they won’t be as dominant.