They say it’s tough at the top, and World Champions Wigan are no different.
Losing two of their starting line-up just a month out from the start of the season – albeit they will have known it’s been coming for a while now – provides coach Shaun Wane with another challenge.
But when you look at who has left the DW Stadium in recent years, they are a club capable of moving on from departed players and still making a success.
Wigan Outs pre-2015
Blake Green (Melbourne Storm)
Darrell Goulding (Hull KR)
Gil Dudson (Widnes)
Eddy Pettybourne (Gold Coast Titans)
2015 Achievements: Super League Grand Finalists
Wigan Outs pre-2016
Joe Burgess (Sydney Roosters, now returned)
Scott Taylor (Hull FC)
Iain Thornley (Hull KR, now Catalans)
Jack Hughes (Warrington)
Matt Bowen (retired)
Logan Tomkins (Salford)
2016 Achievements: Super League Champions
Wigan Outs pre-2017
Josh Charnley (Sale Sharks)
Dom Crosby (Warrington)
Lee Mossop (Salford)
Dan Sarginson (Gold Coast Titans, now returned)
Matty Smith (St Helens)
Ryan Hampshire (Leigh)
2017 Achievements: World Club Challenge winners, Challenge Cup finalists
Wigan Outs pre-2018
Michael McIlorum (Catalans)
Anthony Gelling (TBC)
Lewis Tierney (Catalans)
This time round, Dan Sarginson has already been brought back to the DW Stadium to fill the void left by Gelling, and Sam Powell and Thomas Leuluai are already in place to fill the vacated number nine position.
That said, after a disappointing finish to their Super League season in 2017, Warriors fans will be eager to see at least one new face come through the door before they start their season against Salford on Friday February 2.