NRL premiers the Wests Tigers have been listed as joint fifth favourites in early betting markets for the 2006 season.
Beaten preliminary finalists St George Illawarra have been installed as favourites by Centrebet for next year's title, listed at $4.50.
Parramatta follows at $6, ahead of the Sydney Roosters at $8 and 2005 grand finalists North Queensland at $10. Alongside the Tigers at $11 are Brisbane, the Bulldogs, and wooden-spooners Newcastle.
Penrith is $17, with Cronulla, Manly and South Sydney at $21, Melbourne $26, New Zealand $34 and Canberra the rank-outsiders at $51.Like