The Super League season is over but Hull FC, Huddersfield Giants and Warrington Wolves have all made significant steps for next season. Plus, there's the Rugby League World Cup to look forward to.
Playing for your hometown club can often by the final push a player needs to complete a deal. For Tom Biggs, a Rugby Union star for Bath and England Saxons, it was enough to convince him to switch codes.
Bath's top scorer in 2011/12 has decided to sign a three-year contract at Hull FC and the winger is reportedly delighted to have joined the club he supports at the age of 29.
He told www.hullfc.com "I'm absolutely delighted to be heading home to my hometown club."I've been a season ticket holder for a long time and I've managed to get down to the KC Stadium a lot for the rugby and the football, so it's a bit of a dream come true to get the opportunity to represent the club."It's been a little bit harder to get to the games since moving down to Bath with it being so far away but a lot of the games are televised and being a fan of rugby league my entire life, I've watched as much as I can."
Meanwhile, former Hull FC prop Paul Johnson, released by the club at the end of the season, has joined Widnes Vikings. The 25-year-old was released from his contract two years early but look to establish himself at the Vikings in the new season.
Having lost to Wigan Warriors in the Super League Grand Final, Warrington Wolves were then faced with the prospect of replacing the likes of Adrian Morley and Garreth Carvell in the squad - no easy feat considering the impact both players had last season.
It is refreshing, then, to see the club turn to the Championship for talent in the form of 26-year-old Anthony England, who has signed from Featherstone. He will be the club's third new signing after Roy Asotasi and Kevin Penny, a forward and winger respectively, arrived this month.
England is a prop forward and will be seen as a direct replacement for Adrian Morley in the squad as Wolves target their third consecutive Super League final.
The third big transfer story of the summer comes at Huddersfield, who have announced the signing of Salford Red Devils winger Jodie Broughton on a four-year deal.
The Yorkshire-born player was one of Salford's better players during the season, scoring 12 tries. However, Giants fans may be concerned the club is picking up players from the league's two poorest teams after Chris Bailey and Antonio Kaufusi arrived from London Broncos earlier this month.
Broughton said: "I am absolutely delighted to be part of this club for the next four years. I had a few options on the table but I knew Huddersfield were the club for me. Their vision for the future really excited me and I want to be playing play-off rugby and pushing for the England Squad."
Super League restructure
The discussions to restructure the Super League, possibly with the inclusion of promotion and relegation, were due to take place this month but the league has now announced it will wait until the excitement of the Rugby League World Cup is over before holding an EGM to discuss the plans.
It is believed Championship clubs are unanimously for the plans to create two divisions of 12 teams but Super League clubs have reservations about the marketing of the league.
The Super League has not had a sponsor for two years and the clubs have seen a steady stream of players leave to join the richer NRL in Australia, including Wigan superstar Sam Tomkins for a world record fee.
It seems more discussions will need to take place before the structure of the league and the amount of control clubs have is decided.
World Cup update
There are some tweaks to the British squads this week with St George Illawarra second row Tyson Frizell added to the Wales squad after overcoming injury. The 22-year-old will now be in contention for a start on 26 October against Italy.
Meanwhile, Scotland have added Hull KR forward Rhys Lovegrove to their squad ahead of their opener against Tonga. The uncapped 26-year-old has been brought in to give the Scots more presence in the centre of the field.
Finally, UK-based Samoan players Harrison Hansen and Sia Soliola, who play for Wigan and St Helens respectively, are the only Super League players to be named in the Samoan squad for the World Cup.