The Raiders gave the 2020 finals a red-hot crack despite injuries threatening to pitch Ricky Stuart into their front-row halfway through the season.
Now their big men are fighting fit once more and just as significantly, so is Josh Hodgson - adding yet another bow to one of the most entertaining attacking arsenals in the competition.
Question marks do abound out wide though with player turnover on the edges, while the flip side of Canberra's impressive depth and experience is one of the older rosters running out in 2021.
On paper and their past two campaigns, the Raiders will be right up there again in premiership contention.
Digging a little deeper, this could well be the year that premiership window opens widest, or edges toward closing.