Key man Marcus Smith Best signing Matt Symons Rising star James Chisholm
Best-case scenario Paul Gustard’s arrival as head of rugby sparks an instant turnaround in fortunes, taking Harlequins from 10th place last season back into the top six and the Champions Cup.
Worst-case scenario Gustard’s new vision does not click with his players until well after Christmas, leaving the club dangerously near the bottom and prompting Marcus Smith to seek a move. BC
Ins Nathan Earle (Saracens), Max Crumpton (Bristol Bears), Ben Tapuai (Bath), Nick Auterac (Bath), Matt Symons (Wasps), Alex Dombrandt (Cardiff Met University), Paul Lasike (Utah Warriors)
Outs Jamie Roberts (Bath), Sam Aspland-Robinson (Leicester Tigers), Charlie Matthews (Wasps), Harry Sloan (Ealing Trailfinders), Winston Stanley (retired), Adam Jones (retired), Cameron Holenstein (Jersey Reds), Sam Twomey (London Irish), Jono Kitto (Northland), Joe Gray (Northampton (loan)
Centre of attention: Marcus Smith