Tweed Heads Seagulls
RLW prediction: Mid- table
2016 finish: 13th Coach Aaron Zimmerle: “Of the current 53 players slogging it out through pre-season, 30 are new to the club in 2017, which brings new energy and optimism for the season ahead. The goal for this year will be simply about earning back the respect of our opponents by being the side that no-one looks forward to playing.”
Player to watch: “Peter Lee [right] was playing rugby sevens and he’s a Fijian Australian who is very strong and dynamic. He just needs to learn the nuances of league. His rate of improvement has been really good and if he can transfer that into the games, he’ll be a great acquisition. We were after some powerful outside backs and we are looking for big things from him.” Lee was also a contestant on last year’s Channel Nine show The NRL Rookie.
KEY GAINS: Damian Sironen (Illawarra Cutters), Lamar Liolevave (Canterbury Bulldogs), Peter Lee (rugby sevens).
KEY LOSSES: Will Bugden (Northern Pride), Cory Blair (retired)