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Ins: Blake Austin (Panthers), Dene Halatau (Bulldogs), Keith Lulia (Bradford), Cory Paterson (Hull KR), Pat Richards (Wigan), Martin Taupau (Bulldogs).

Outs: Blake Ayshford (Sharks), Matt Bell (Burleigh), Matt Groat (Dragons), Benji Marshall (Auckland Blues), Jacob Miller (Hull), Eddy Pettybourne (Wigan), Joel Reddy (Rabbitohs), Manaia Rudolph (Sea Eagles), Brenden Santi (Eels), Shaun Spence (Panthers).

2013 Record – 15th, 18 points (7 wins, 17 losses).

Stat Rankings:

Attack: 14th, 16.08  ppg

Defence: 15th, 28.63 ppg

Marquee Man: Robbie Farah – Continues to be a rock for the joint venture club. Farah is a creative dummy half and inspirational leader who led the club in Tackles, Try Assists and Line Break Assists in what was a miserable 2013.

Under the Spotlight: Luke Brooks – With the departure of club legend Benji Marshall, Brooks is seen as the heir apparent at Tiger land. Likened to Andrew Johns, Brooks stamped himself as a player of the future with a man of the match debut performance against the Dragons last season. Will carry the huge burden of expectation in 2014, but looks a readymade player and fans will be hoping he can lead the club into a new era.

Draw Analysis: Start well with 3 of the first 4 games against Bottom 8 clubs from last year. Do have a tough run home with 5 of their last 6 games against Top 8 sides from last year.

Verdict:

Coach Mick Potter endured a tumultuous start to his tenure at the Tigers, with off field issues and internal turmoil crippling the club and signalling the end for club legend Benji Marshall.

The Tigers have been relatively quiet on the recruitment front, and will be hoping a number of their talented juniors can step up and fill the void left by departing players.

A number of preseason injuries have not helped the cause, and one feels it may be another long season for the joint venture club.

With injuries mounting, Wests may be a sneaky shout to record the Most Season Losses at $4.50 with Bookmaker. 

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