Anthony Milford of the Broncos reacts during the round 13 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Brisbane Broncos at Mt Smart Stadium on June 4, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand.

1. Last year I mentioned that I believed Johnathan Thurston was the best player in the game and only a Premiership away from future immortal status. He’s the greatest player I’ve ever seen play the game in my 30 years. Last year’s Grand Final was the icing on the cake.

2. The decision to simulcast the rugby league coverage on Fox Sports has been an incredible step forward. The ratings show Fox Sports provides the preferred commentary for many fans. That is a win for the fans.

3. I am so happy that we aren’t seeing players sign and then backflip on their decision weeks, or months later. That was a huge step in the right direction for the game, which was becoming a laughing stock.

4. The above ruling, as well as uncertainty over the proposed change to the salary cap has left a host of big name talent off contract. Expect plenty of player movement as we head towards the finals.

5. The only thing that can save the Knights from finishing a distant last place is a revised and harsh salary cap penalty delivered to the Eels.

PART 2: 50 Random NRL Thoughts

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