This year we've had the Sharks go from spooners to nearly make top 4, while the Panthers almost did the reverse. Of the bottom teams, Canberra has some potential to improve with the likes of Vaughn and Boyd and bolstered by some decent signings. But will the Ricky Stuart factor hold them back? Panthers should do a fair bit better if they can avoid their usual crushing injury toll. The Eels will have the highest expectations as big upward movers so if they don't get off to a rollicking start Brad Arthur will be hanging on by his fingernails.