Here’s the second instalment of predictions heading into 2017, containing which club will rise, which club will fall, and which club will be walking away with NRL Telstra Premiership trophy next season.

  1. Most Improved Player: Te Maire Martin only played eight first-grade games in his debut year due to injury, but 2017 will see a dramatic lift in the young Kiwi five-eighth playing behind a monster pack and alongside fellow rookie Nathan Cleary.
  2. Lock of the Year: A close race, but Jason Taumalolo will pick up back-to-back Lock of the Year awards, though Sam Burgess will be hot on his heels.NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 09: Boyd Cordner of the Roosters runs the ball during the round 22 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Sydney Roosters at Hunter Stadium on August 9, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)
  3. Second-Rower of the Year: Boyd Cordner will pick up this accolade for the second time in his career, beating out fellow New South Welshman Josh Jackson.
  4. Hooker of the Year: After just missing out in 2016, Josh Hodgson will pick up the award after another fantastic season in the lime green.
  5. Prop of the Year: Andrew Fifita will shrug off a year of controversy to claim the coveted Prop of the Year award. Beating the likes of Aaron Woods and Matt Scott, the award will put Fifita back in the frame for a Kangaroos recall.

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