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.
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.