Rugby league has had a big part to play in where Ken Stephen Medalist Joel Thompson is today, both on and off the field.
We kick off NRL.com's off-season coverage with a roundtable discussion about which recruits had the biggest impact on the 2016 season, and which ones didn't.
The NRL season started with a simple message: Be there when history happens. And on that front, the Sharks certainly delivered.
With most NRL clubs already looking ahead to next season we look at where your team could improve heading into the 2017 Telstra Premiership campaign.
With the 2016 NRL Telstra Premiership season now behind us, lets relive 10 of the best plays of the year.
His first game at his new club home ground ended with a 54-12 loss but young gun Jamal Fogerty is looking forward to life as a Parramatta Eel.
Newcastle Knights winger Akuila Uate has left the club to join the Manly Sea Eagles, who have released back-rower Jamie Buhrer to join Newcastle.
Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga says it was tough having to tell veterans Corey Parker and Paul Gallen that they hadn't been selected in Australia's 24-man squad.
The Vanuatu national team will play the Solomon Islands in Port Vila on October 15 but Justin O'Neill is unavailable after being selected for the Kangaroos.
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.