Santa has come and gone and the new year has arrived. That can only mean one thing: the NRL season is just around the corner.
With so much movement across all 16 clubs, a host of rule changes, and COVID-19 still rearing its ugly head, it’s likely we will see a different competition than we did last year.
So, without further delay, let’s dive into a list of 10 predictions – some reasonable and some far-fetched – before a ball is kicked.
1. The Bulldogs, Titans, and Warriors to all Push for Top Eight Spots
All three clubs have had some massive changes in both roster and coaching staff. The Bulldogs and Titans have recruited extremely well, as have the Warriors, while the Bulldogs and New Zealand welcome new head coaches.
All three missed the top eight in 2020, albeit not by much in the case of the Titans and the Warriors. I expect all three clubs to push for the top eight. I expect the Titans and Warriors to be in the finals, but the Bulldogs will have to wait until 2022.