NRL Premiership-winning prop Andrew Fifita believes he is one indiscretion away from having his Cronulla Sharks contract "ripped up".
Sharks winger Valentine Holmes thought his chances of representative selection were over after being banned from the Maroons' 2016 Origin squad.
Selected in the Kangaroos' Four Nations squad, Cronulla NRL premiership-winning five-eighth James Maloney admitted he never thought he would play for Australia.
With most NRL clubs looking ahead to next season we look at where your team could improve heading into the 2017 Telstra Premiership campaign.
The NRL season started with a simple message: Be there when history happens. And on that front, the Sharks certainly delivered.
NRL CEO Todd Greenberg says Cronulla's Andrew Fifita and Eels star Semi Radradra weren't considered for Kangaroos selection because of their off-field issues.
Andrew Voss rates the 2016 Telstra Premiership decider, takes a look at some of the key stats, has some praise for the NRL and looks ahead to the Four Nations.
As he sat exiled from the club and game he loved, Shane Flanagan considered returning to plumbing, but knew there was some unfinished business with the Sharks.
As the clock ticked over to the final minute of the Telstra Premiership Grand Final, it was clear the Melbourne Storm weren't going to die wondering.
Cronulla hooker Michael Ennis says he couldn't help but dream about going out with the perfect finish – a maiden premiership in his last ever NRL game.