What a coup by Salford on the eve of the start of the Betfred Super League.
The signing of Aussie superstar Brodie Croft has got the pulse racing - and making the giants of the game take notice that the Red Devils are up for it big time.
The former Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm halfback is already right in there before a ball is kicked in in anger as one of the favourites to be the 2022 Man of Steel.
Meanwhile over at Warrington , new coach Daryl Powell has been supervising training and is reportedly highly-impressed with the Wire as they get back to match sharpness ahead of their opener against Leeds at Headingley on February 12 – a game with added spice as it will be broadcast live on Channel 4.
Predictably, holders Saints are 2/1 favourites ahead of Warrington at 7/2, Catalans 11/2, Wigan 13/2 while Salford despite the fantastic addition of
Croft are amongst the outsiders for Betfred Grand Final glory at 66/1.
The decision by the Down Under authorities to deport vaccination rebel Serbian tennis ace Novak Djokovic made headlines worldwide.
It really is time to make significant changes. The forthcoming tour of the West Indies represents a perfect opportunity to bring in big-hitting Liam Livingston of Lancashire, who can bowl a bit too.
CITY head to Southampton on Ssturday and are certain to be marching further towards Premier League glory.
The Saints are 10/1 to win at home with Pep Guardiola's aristocrats 2/7 at Betfred to pick up all three points.
I'm reckoning Guardiola will rotate his squad now they are so far clear at the top - and that brings Cole Palmer to the forefront of our thoughts. The Wythenshawe teenager ,who looks to be the next product hitting the big time from the club's excellent academy, is 5/1 with us to score first.
Arsenal are favourites of the top 4 chasers at Betfred at 7/4 with United 15/8 while Spurs are 9/4 and David Moyes' Hammers 11/2.
FINALLY who's going to take over at Everton? Well I know the majority of the Goodison faithful fancy former Academy and England and United ace Wayne Rooney .
We've had hundreds of bets on the current Derby boss getting the gig...and that's led to him being cut to 9/4 behind caretaker Big Duncan Ferguson at 11/8 while Frank Lampard is 5/1. I know someone who loves a challenge and may feel he has unfinished business in the Premier League...step forward serial winner Jose Mourinho available at Betfred at 8/1.