Many champions of our game have had their careers cruelly cut short by injuries, so it's so exciting to see Billy Slater return for the Storm on Thursday night.
Melbourne Storm prop Jesse Bromwich and reserve five-eighth Ryley Jacks are still an outside chance to face the Brisbane Broncos in their Round 3 clash.
Despite fielding a new-look side, several debutants and suffering injuries to key players, Melbourne sit in second spot with two wins from as many starts.
Broncos coach Wayne Bennett says it's 'unrealistic' to think Billy Slater will be an automatic selection for Queensland before he's even made his NRL return.
Brisbane Broncos lock Jai Arrow is preparing to reignite a long-running rivalry with Melbourne Storm second-row forward Nelson Asofa-Solomona on Thursday night.
With plenty of key injuries and some high profile returns for Round 3 there is plenty to discuss in the NRL Fantasy Podcast.
The big storyline in this Round 3 Telstra Premiership match is the return of Billy Slater for the Melbourne Storm against the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park.
Storm fullback Billy Slater says he's a mixture of nerves and excitement ahead of his first game in over 12 months, named to face the Broncos in Round 3.
Quick starts, identical records and the incredible Queensland derby. The key numbers from Round 2 of the 2017 NRL Telstra Premiership.
How we rank the NRL's 16 clubs at the end of the second round of the 2017 Telstra Premiership season.