Taking part in a Craig Bellamy pre-season is never easy, but for Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater, it beats sitting on the sidelines.
He's hardly the biggest star at his club but Melbourne Storm prop Jordan McLean's exploits haven't gone unnoticed where it matters most.
Dally M winner Jason Taumalolo squares off against Melbourne Storm pair Jesse Bromwich and Tohu Harris on the shortlist to be named Kiwis player of the year.
Melbourne believe Cameron Munster is the right man to take over the five-eighth role vacated by Blake Green's departure.
Storm lock Dale Finucane believes there's no reason Billy Slater won't be fit for the side's 2017 season opener against the Bulldogs on March 3.
Storm recruit Brandon Smith says he is eager to pick the brains of captain and fellow hooker Cameron Smith once he returns from Four Nations duties.
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.
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.
The Gold Coast Titans have moved quickly to replace Greg Bird, signing Kevin Proctor from the Melbourne Storm on a four-year deal.