The NRL’s silly season begins after the November 1 contract deadline. Smart Signings will offer a sane dissection of clubs’ weak areas, improvement needs, and options, minus rumors. With Todd Payten as Dally M Coach of the Year in 2022, North Queensland was expected to do well in 2023. However, the club’s performance flagged, particularly due to losing control from Chad Townsend’s playmaking. With certain players with expiring contracts, a rejuvenation opportunity is presented to Payten. Luke Keary, Toby Sexton, or St Helens halfback Lewis Dodd could be potential signings. All of this creates a choice for Payten on where the team will go.