Sunshine Coast Falcons' new coach Eric Smith has been signing up a storm, securing some of the best young talent on the market to boost their chances of Intrust Super Cup success in 2019.
Smith, a former Melbourne Storm NYC coach with experience working under premiership-winning NRL coach Craig Bellamy, takes over from Craig Ingebrigtsen, and will be looking to make an impact.
Falcons went from grand finalists in 2017 to 10th in 2018, so Smith has his work cut out getting the Falcons back to the top end of the ladder.
Despite losing five guns in Jye Ballinger, Harrison Muller, Matt Soper-Lawler, Jacob Hind and Rhys Jacks, the Falcons have signed players likely to fill the voids and positively impact on the Falcons' game.
Also joining the team is try-scoring machine Jonathon Reuben from the Townsville Blackhawks and Norths Devils and former Brisbane Broncos playmaker Todd Murphy.
GAINS: Todd Murphy (Brisbane Broncos / Norths Devils), Tyson Smoothy (Brisbane Broncos), Louis Geraghty (Melbourne Storm), Nicho Hynes, Nathan Saumalu (Mackay Cutters), Daniel Dole (Wentworthville), Jonathon Reuben (Townsville Blackhawks), Darryn Schonig (Northern Pride), Sitivene Moceidreke (Mounties), Trent Schaumkel (Northcote NZ), Cameron Moran (Ipswich Jets), Dalton Phillips (Norths Devils)
LOSSES: Jye Ballinger (Albi Tigers), Harrison Muller, Matt Soper-Lawler (Souths Logan Magpies), Jacob Hind (Burleigh Bears), Rhys Jacks (Easts Tigers)
Where they finished in 2018: 10th
Coach for 2019: Eric Smith
Match: Falcons v WM Seagulls
Round 1 -
Venue: Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunshine Coast