South Sydney are set to receive a major boost ahead of the new campaign with superstar Latrell Mitchell reportedly about to ink a two-year contract extension.
The Phoenix remain winless in 2021 after slumping to a 2-1 defeat to wooden spoon favourites, the Newcastle Jets.
Perth broke the deadlock via Liz Anton, whose scrambled shot in congestion bobbled home in the 86th minute, but their lead didn't last long.
Ufuk Talay's side chase their first win of the season against the bottom-placed Jets in Wollongong.
Manly skipper Daly Cherry-Evans has opened up on the homecoming of Kieran Foran, admitting he thought there was next to no chance of it ever happening.
Kiwi's desire to specialise at hooker unlikely to be accommodated by the NRL champions.