NRL Rd 4 - Sharks v Knights
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 01: Dominic Young of the Knights warms up before the round four NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Newcastle Knights at PointsBet Stadium on April 01, 2022, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

The 2023 season now seems like it ended many, many months ago.

With a large number of players returning to pre-season training, attention has quickly and firmly turned to the 2024 campaign.

With a new season comes new hope, new opportunities and most importantly of all, new recruits!

Today I'm going to rank the ins, outs and re-signings of each of the clubs who played Finals footy in 2023.

Of course some of the top sides don't need to undertake a big recruitment spree, focusing instead on retention, while others need a few changes to take that next step.

Not every player will be mentioned, just the ones I see making an impact.

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8. Canberra Raiders

Major ins: Morgan Smithies, Simi Sasagi

Major outs: Jack Wighton

Re-signed: Corey Horsburgh, Emre Guler, Hudson Young, Sebastian Kris

The Raiders managed to re-sign four pieces of their future puzzle, and with a minimum amount of fuss too I may add.

This was brilliant business.

Their recruitment though, to put it bluntly, was utterly terrible.

Morgan Smithies is a clever pick up and Simi Sasagi comes with big potential with a look to the future, but they undoubtedly are weaker overall.

Losing marquee man Jack Wighton will hurt both on and off the field. I can't believe they didn't do everything, and then some, to retain their star half.

Perhaps a change of scenery was required but the Raiders were given ample time to find a replacement and largely failed.

The re-signings keep this from being an F but there's no way Ricky Stuart can possibly believe his side, which limped into the eight, is a title threat next season.

Grade: D

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