Welcome to the year 2020! It's not quite what was predicted by those futuristic cartoons from the 1980s, but it is a brand new year.

With it comes the excitement for a new NRL season, as well as all the armchair fans who try to sell why their team will win the premiership this season.

So, why not make some of my predictions as to what I believe will occur over the next 12 months.

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10. This will be Josh Dugan's last season in the NRL.

It is always a shame when injuries ruin a career. In recent years, the shining example of this has been Josh Dugan. An Origin and Test star up until 2017, Dugan played 23 games last season, quite a phenomenal effort given it is only the third time he has played 20 or more games in his NRL career.

However, the Sharks have too much outside back depth. Bronson Xerri has a centre spot locked up, probably for the next decade, and the return of Jesse Ramien, coupled with the presence of Josh Morris and rising youngster Jackson Ferris, may see Dugan stranded in the NSW Cup for most of the year.

Dugan turns 30 in May, and I struggle to see another NRL club who would want to sign him.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Joshua Dugan of the Sharks in action during the round 25 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Cronulla Sharks at Leichhardt Oval on September 08, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
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130 COMMENTS

  1. Either TwentyOne is on the money with the Latrell to souths prediction as also predicted here by Rhys Sullivan OR Rhys Sullivan is actually TwentyOne??

  2. 3 of these ain’t gunna happen.
    No QLD team will make the top 8.
    QLD won’t win the SOO. In fact I belive NSW will win it 3 zip.
    Storm won’t even make the GF let alone win it.
    The author of this tripe seems to pin a few of his guesses on Holmes killing it on his return.
    It took Hayne a year to get back into the groove and he is 100 times more talented than Holmes.

  3. Kev I think the cowboys will struggle also
    I believe Morgan is one of the most overrated play makers in the game.

  4. Lane, just relax mate. Bunnies will come good. You’ll see. Stop paying out the team you love. Support them mate.

  5. Are you serious Rhys? Canberra won’t make the 8????
    & Latrell Mitchell is NOT going to the vermin (they can’t afford him and Arrow)….my prediction, he’ll go to the Gold Coast, where he will thrive as a fullback under big Mal’s tutalege, and a $900k sign on fee.
    I think you may have had a little too much brandy custard over the festive season mr Sullivan! Hahaha

  6. He may be correct with the Tigers & Panthers coaches? Although I saw a huge change in attitude in the Tigers last season. Particularly in defence. As a good defence wins a lot of games, they’ll win more games than many people would imagine they would right now.
    The Panthers… I’m scratching my head ,with why one very good centre from somewhere hasn’t been targeted in the off season? They have one centre who’s played some first grade . Plus, Whare & some up & comers. Doesn’t fill any supporter with optimism I’m sure . Still, that’s not really Cleary’s fault.
    So let’s just see how both teams go?

  7. Stupid start about Dugan. What because he’s had injuries and the sharks have back options means he won’t play NRL next year what a joke?

    Last year he played 23 games, scored 11 tries, 2 try assists, 11 line breaks, 111 tackle breaks which was third best in the league and averaged 125 metres per game. Plus was in the top 10 in kick return metres

    The two QLD teams in the final is an interesting take. I think Brisbane are too young and too overrated. Pantai Jr is very inconsistent and sucks at lock, Issako will have his first year at fullback, they still don’t have much impact off the bench outside Ofahungue. I don’t really rate them.

    The cowboys I do like. Think they have a top 5 forward pack, a very good backline, really like their depth and juniors coming through my two worry’s are halves and coach. Probably the most important area of any club.. will Morgan play well and can Drinkwater lock down that spot or will Martin or Clifford come back? As for coach Green has done well before but he locked like he lost the locker room last year and has been on the edge for a while now.

  8. Timmah, if he signs with us I’ll laugh so hard at you and Laney boy. If not fair play. We will see…

  9. Swa9.
    Where does Martin play? He hasn’t been very good in the halves at Penrith or the Cowboys. His most promising position looked to be at fullback. No chance to play fullback now. Maybe a stand in centre? He has pace , but few other real skills.
    Can see him playing a lot of Queensland Cup.

  10. There are idi.ots here who for the past 5-years have been saying that the Storm won’t make it to Top 8. Every year these idi.ots are proven wrong. Once an idi.ot, always an idi.ot.

  11. 1) Storm will fall in a heap this year and Scam Smith will retire from the game a loser.

    2) Souths toxic culture will bubble to the surface.

    3) Parras will be the first team to go back to back with serious cap cheating.

    4) Cleary will be retired from coaching due to looking tired again.

    5) Broncos will continue a decade of disappointments.

  12. Sorry batman..
    You couldn’t be more wrong about Cleary. Let’s just say he’ll be there for Better Or Worse ! With the money Penrith paid him , there really is no other choice.

  13. Martin is still at the Cowboys. He’s just returned to training a few months ago from his brain bleed injury. He’s still seeing specialist and isn’t yet committing to playing footy full time yet.
    For 2020 he is uncontracted so I guess he’s free to go wherever.

    At 24 years old and with loads of natural talent I’d love for him to return back to NZ for my Warriors just for some depth and give him a chance. Would play Kodi Nikorima at hooker and have Egan/Lawton back him up. Green and CHT start the year in the halves and would look to put Martin in with CHT as the year goes on. Blake Green is old and washed up he needs replacing and Martin could be that guy. Is similar to Nikorima but Martin does have a kicking game, Niko doesn’t. Martin also takes the line on more, Niko is just a runner.

  14. I love how people know everything about clubs by reading the papers. Who said Souths had a toxic culture mate? Who do you support Batman?

  15. @thecatman
    you yoused to be a ‘pashonate’ Manly supporter, what hapened ?
    get caught cheating the cap for the last 5 years ? got unsavoury crims in your mediocre lineup ?
    😄😄

  16. Wow. Mychookmycar, You’re not fooling anyone with all your alter egos talking to yourself.
    Everyone knows you are just trying to sink the boot into manly.
    Pathetic coward pos 💩

  17. I think is very rich to suggest Ivan Cleary is “considered in the upper echelon of coaches”. The guy is an all time loser. He achieved a 300) that still has a senior coaching job. Normally a younger winner replaces older coaches with such poor records. I think its widely accepted he has always failed to deliver on the potential of the players he has under him. Perhaps you are confusing his recent 5 year/high dollar value coaching appointment back at Panthers and a metric to put him in that ‘upper echelon’? I think its fairer to class that as a further investment in his son.

  18. I think is very rich to suggest Ivan Cleary is “considered in the upper echelon of coaches”. The guy is an all time loser. He has not been able to achieved a 50 percent win record at any of his previous clubs (Warriors, Panthers, Tigers and Panthers again). This is extraordinarily poor for a guy with 300 plus games coaching under his belt and may be the only guy that still has a senior coaching job with a record like this. Normally a younger winner replaces older coaches with such poor records. I think its widely accepted he has always failed to deliver on the potential of the players he has under him. Perhaps you are confusing his recent 5 year/high dollar value coaching appointment back at Panthers and a metric to put him in that ‘upper echelon’? I think its fairer to class that as a further investment in his son.

  19. Panthers18 your cat men as stated on the Nine NRL site have Penrith, Warriors and Gold Coast battling it out for the Wooden Spoon, I think with Souths Pole rabbits Green and Red christmas Elf size forwards, you can throw that team in with the other lot of no hopers for a spoon chance also.

    But to be fair Souths Pole Elfs will be underdogs againts the other dud three teams for 2020 spoon title honors. Hahahahahahaha!!!!

  20. this bloke and his comments, good on ya mate. You think losing Sam and Sutton and the whole team crumbles. If that’s the case losing Cronk And Mitchell means you’re wooden spooners? The season hasn’t begun yet champ let’s wait and see who we sign before the season starts mate.

  21. Oh dear, Pabs, time to get some speech therapy. Stuttering can be treated. AdamHoward, we shall see.

  22. Rabbitoh17 were you born yesterday?
    Everybody knows how Toxic the Souths club is. They have turned into a transit.lounge and two or three players are presently looking over their shoulder to see which dog eats dog, will survive the exit door chop so Souths can lure Mitchell to the dump of of place in their place. Hahahaha.
    On top of that you have rehab veterans Inglis and Roberts hanging around the players waiting for their next turn to fall off the wagon.

    Rabbit17 the entire place is toxic thanks to Crowe and Bennett in a desperate attempt to buy a premiership so Bennett can finally retire with one more purchased comp to go with all his others. But it is never going to happen. Hahahaha.

    By the way I have it on good authority that Latrell Mitchell will not be in the green and red elf outfit for 2020. Hahahahaaaaaa

  23. Rabbitohs17
    January 2, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    “The season hasn’t begun yet champ let’s wait and see who we sign before the season starts mate.”

    Hahahahahahaha you really are a funny bloke rabbit17. There are TwentyTwo players below who so far are joining or been shown the Transit.doors.out, and you are saying they have not finished yet lets see who else they buy. Hahahahahahaa!!

    2020 GAINS
    Arrow (Gold Coast), Troy Dargan (Brisbane Broncos), Brock Gardner, Edene Gebbie, Bryson Goodwin(Warrington Wolves, Jack Johns, Steven Marsters (St George Illawarra Dragons, CJ Mundine, Jaxson Paulo (Gold Coast Titans, James Roberts(Brisbane Broncos, Jaydn Su’a(Brisbane Broncos,
    2020 LOSSES
    Dean Britt (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Billy Brittain (released), George Burgess (Wigan Warriors), Sam Burgess (retired), Jacob Gagan(released), Mawene Hiroti(released), Greg Inglis (Retired), Rhys Kennedy (Brisbane Broncos), John Sutton (retired), Connor Tracey (Cronulla Sharks), Kyle Turner (released)

    Hahahahahahaha

  24. Yep rabbits17 and I’ll be laughing right back at ya if LM doesn’t sign with your lot (if he does…well, good luck to you)….let’s wait and see….still reckon he’d be better under Big Mal than that crusty senile old git Bennett

  25. Lol Barry John Howard is the one who is hating. You can feel it through the serious length of laughs and effort to make his point made 🤦‍♂️🙄

  26. Off topic here but commiserations to Rooster Legend Ron Coote who has lost his house and possessions in the continuing bush fires.

    It was most pleasing news that Ron was able to save his 1974-1975 prized possesion, that being the back to back Rooster Premiership jerseys as reported by seven news early this morning.