Penrith back-rower and Country Origin representative Isaah Yeo is hopeful the phasing out of the annual Country-City won't see less footy taken to the bush.
Restricted to just a lone NRL appearance in 2016, forgotten Penrith centre Dean Whare isn't far away from returning to full training ahead of a 2017 return.
Which teams look set to improve next season? Will new finals contenders Canberra and Penrith be in with a shot, or will the Roosters and Rabbitohs rise again?
The Penrith Panthers have granted Chris Grevsmuhl an immediate release from his contract with the club in order to deal with issues of a personal nature.
New Panthers recruit Michael Oldfield says he knows time is getting away from him to establish himself as an NRL player after six seasons in and out of the NRL.
NRL.com have analysed the fixture list of all 16 clubs for the 2017 season to come up with a "toughness" rating for each team's draw.
The fixture list for the 2017 NRL Telstra Premiership season is out, giving a few early clues about which players will be value buys in the NRL next season.
With the 2017 NRL Telstra Premiership draw released, NRL.com analysed each club to give a quick snapshot of the important points in your club's fixture.
The reigning Premiers, the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks will open the 2017 Telstra Premiership in a blockbuster match against the Brisbane Broncos.
Young Penrith prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard has no hard feelings towards Ryan James over a fractured back suffered in an ugly tackle that ended his 2016 season.