Great news for Titans and Warriors fans - your off-season acquisitions have created a bullish attitude about your chances of making the finals in 2021.
In the first experts' view for the year, those in the know at NRL.com have come up with the eight teams they think will reach the finals.
The heavyweights of recent years remain popular, but a pair of teams boasting new-look forward packs this season have attracted plenty of interest.
If the experts are not on the money, things aren't looking particularly great for a couple of teams that were still playing last October.
Experts' view - Top 8 in 2021 Steve Renouf (Maroons legend)
The Storm will miss Cameron Smith. That's the reason for having them finish further down the eight. Brisbane will learn a lot from their trial loss to the Cowboys and will be finishing off teams at the back end of games sooner rather than later.