Restricted to just two NRL appearances for his new club in 2016, Tigers hooker Matt Ballin has learnt to be patient as he pushes for an early-2017 return.
With the 2017 Downer Auckland Nines now less than a month away, NRL.com looks at the players – both young and old – they hope will feature at Eden Park.
While Broncos players admit the pain of the 2015 grand final loss may have lingered, Darius Boyd says there's no reason why they can't challenge again in 2017.
They're yet to crack the NRL, but the following players are still creating headlines. The best rookie prospects at the Broncos, Raiders, Bulldogs, and Sharks.
Wests Tigers believe they can retain off-contract NRL stars Aaron Woods, Mitchell Moses, James Tedesco and Luke Brooks beyond 2017.
It's the toughest part of the year for most, and each club has their own unique pre-season torture tests, but which stand out for some of the game's stars?
How many of the players on this list will you include in your side when the official Fantasy game of the NRL opens for 2017 in the coming weeks?
After a 12-month injury lay-off returning Titans playmaker Kane Elgey is targeting the Auckland Nines as his competitive return, keen to put 2016 behind him.
Manly forward Addin Fonua-Blake has re-signed with the club, extending his deal until the end of the 2018 season.
Titans teammates will be the ones to decide whether superstar signing Jarryd Hayne features in the club's leadership group amid concerns around his training.