The teams for the 2006 Elite League have now all been declared - with ten clubs chasing Coventry's title as the Bees bid to retain their crown.
It promises to be one of the most open seasons in years with only a couple of the League's members unfancied for honours, and several unknown quantities to consider ahead of the first fixtures in mid-March.
Coventry themselves have made just two changes from their title-winning line-up, with Australian youngster Rory Schlein returning from injury and Olly Allen signing on loan from Swindon in a team which seems to promise points much further down the order than many of their rivals.
Once again the Bees will be led by British champion Scott Nicholls, but if there is a concern initially it will be the supply of immediate topend backing to their star rider.
That is not a problem which Wolverhampton should encounter as they have elected to track a powerful top three. Peter Karlsson returns from his Peterborough loan, American star Billy Hamill adds further experience and all-round ability, and Fredrik Lindgren should continue his rapid rise through the speedway ranks.
The other newcomers are German Christian Hefen-brock and doubling-up duo Ben Wilson and William Lawson.
Peterborough and Poole have been installed as the pre-season favourites. The big-spending Panthers have brought Ryan Sullivan back to his spiritual home from Poole and also bought the contracts of Danish stars Hans Andersen and NielsKristian Iversen, as well as retaining Wolves loanee Jesper B Jensen.
The top-order of Poole's team remains largely unchanged, save for the loss of Sullivan, but they will be looking to the Davidsson brothers, Jonas and Daniel, to provide a sting in the tail along with returning veteran Craig Boyce.
Newcomers Reading could be dark horses for honours under the captaincy of Greg Hancock, and with Sam Ermolenko as sporting director. Much will depend on Slovenian sensation Matej Zagar's first season in the Elite League.
Ipswich have put together a more than useful top five, including former world champion Mark Loram who teams up with Chris Louis and Piotr Protasiewicz along with rising stars Kim Jansson and Robert Miskowiak as the Witches look for their first title since 1998.
Defeated finalists Belle Vue are not as strongly fancied this year with an apparently long tail, although they should still be guaranteed big points from Jason Crump and a back-from-injury Kenneth Bjerre, with Simon Stead improving all the time.
Swindon's top three of Leigh Adams, Lee Richardson and Sebastian Ulamek will be hard to match, although the Robins may again lose out lower down, while East-bourne's prospects may depend on the fitness of David Norris who endured an injury-wrecked 2005.
Oxford have ex-Wolves duo David Howe and Adam Skornicki in their ranks, while Arena-Essex can call upon former Coventry captain Andreas Jonsson until Wolves asset Mikael Max is fit. ..SUPL: