Blood Bowl is a very very good game IMO. If you haven't played in a while I'd encourage trying it out. You can also play it on the IPAD or PS4 or computer in various formats to get a feel for the game again.
I haven't picked up the latest board game, not sure I will but spent more than a few hours on the two PC versions.
Current rules for Blood Bowl are essentially exactly the same as the CRP rules which are available on line for free. Probably don't need the new set to test run it. I love the ability to paint an 11-16 model team and be done with an 'army'