Wolverhampton team manager Peter Adams already has a good idea of what direction the club's winter team-building will take.
The Monmore men are expected to make several changes after finishing eighth in the Elite League table but definite plans cannot be put in place until the sport's annual meeting later this month where the crucial points limit will be set.
However, several teams have made a start to declaring their line-ups by agreeing deals with top riders, and the No 1 position will need attention from the Wolves promotion.
Mikael Max is out for at least the first half of next season after breaking his thigh in July and it remains to be seen whether Wolves call up one of their own assets to replace him.
They have two top-class acts on the club's books in Peter Karlsson and Nicki Pedersen - however it is unlikely that Pedersen would return as he rarely saw eye to eye with the Wolves promotion when he rode for them. The Dane has already indicated that he would be keen to stay at Eastbourne.
Karlsson is a much more likely contender, after a strong season on loan at Peterborough. The Swede enjoyed his year at the Showground but the Panthers have already made the first big move into the transfer market by snapping up Danish star Hans Andersen - who was briefly linked with Wolves this summer - on a full transfer, reported to be a British record, from Poole.
That would appear to suggest that Karlsson would be surplus to requirements. Peterborough owner Colin Horton said: "Peter loves being at Peterborough and wants to stay here but we do also have to be realistic about the points limit.
"Peter is a Wolves asset, as everyone knows, and he is in limbo at the moment as it's very hard to pick a team and be able to disclose everyone in it without knowing what points limit the Elite League is going to go with."
The other confirmed signings in the last week have seen Jason Crump and Leigh Adams, the world No 2 and No 3, agree deals to stay with Belle Vue and Swindon respectively while Bjarne Pedersen has extended his deal with Poole.
Speculation had suggested that Crump would be on the move this winter but the Australian has committed himkself to a fifth year with the Aces, who finished runners- up in the Elite League last season.
Of the other top riders, it is inconveivable that Scott Nicholls will not stay with Coventry but there could be movement elsewhere.
A change of promotion at Oxford leaves the futures of Greg Hancock and Billy Hamill unclear - the Americans remain Coventry assets - while Mark Loram is being linked with a move to Ipswich although Arena-Essex are keen to retain the 2000 world champion.
If Reading, as expected, complete their move into the top flight theywill be in need of a top rider. The overall strength of the League could be slightly reduced to allow for the extra club.