As we get ready to farewell 2020, we begin to look forward on the horizon to next year, and all the ups and downs that are tied to it.
We prepare for some normality in and outside rugby league, and while even Nostradamus couldn't have predicted what 2020 would deliver, I'll give 2021 it a crack.
From the winner to last place, the highs and lows and everything between, here's Blythy's 50 Fearless Predictions ahead of the 2021 NRL season.
50. One in, one out
Usually we see multiple teams drop out of the ladder each year, but in 2021 we'll see just the one - Cronulla Sharks out, Gold Coast Titans in. Manly, Canterbury and the Warriors will rise, but not enough.
49. Salary cap attack on Grand Finalists
They were far and away the best sides in 2020, but Penrith and Melbourne will feel the pinch, as clubs throw big dollars at their youngsters. Penrith have already lost Matt Burton, while many are sniffing around Jahrome Hughes and Brandon Smith.
48. Room for one more?
The NRL will finally announce their plans to expand within the NRL, adding Queensland Cup side Redcliffe Dolphins to the competition in 2023. Their first signings? Wayne Bennett as head coach, and Cameron Smith his assistant.
47. NRL's Super Investment
A year after there were fears the NRL would go bankrupt, the competition will buy a stake in the Super League to ensure it remains on the right track. While the NRL is a far superior comp, they need the Super League to maintain the game's global growth.
46. Madge's failed reunions
Michael Maguire debuted a lot of talent in his time at South Sydney, and despite good relationships, will fail in his bid to reunite with two of them. Cameron McInnes and Angus Crichton, both members of the 2020 NSW squad, are high on his recruitment list, but the club will be used as a pawn as both re-sign for more money with their current clubs.
45. Warriors wrestle spinal issues
Many are tipping the Warriors to make the eight in 2021, and with the recruitment of Addin Fonua-Blake, Ben Murdoch-Masilla, Euan Aitken, Bailey Sironen and more, it's easy to see why. But the club will struggle in the spine aside from captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, and that'll be their downfall.
44. G.I. Go as Inglis leaves on his own terms
Not many expected when Greg Inglis walked off the field late in a game at Wollongong in early 2019, it'd be the last we see of the superstar. Inglis will only last the season in the Super League before hanging up the boots, but it'll be long enough to show the former Rabbitoh hasn't missed a beat as he crosses the stripe over ten times in 2021.
43. Kangaroos keep the cup
Despite early fears the World Cup in England may be postponed due to COVID, the tournament will be a smash success. With the rise of Pacific Nations like Tonga and Samoa, it'll be a tight affair though it will be Australia who hold the cup aloft for the third straight tournament. Youngsters Harry Grant, Nathan Cleary, Angus Crichton and AJ Brimson will all debut during the six week affair.
42. Blood in the water for Morris
Cronulla won't start 2021 well, with Shaun Johnson out for a good chunk of the season with an Achilles injury, and the likes of Andrew Fifita and Matt Moylan on injury-based declines. John Morris will be the man to pay for it, with premiership winning coach Paul Green to be at the helm by Round 10.
41. Runway Riki a smash success
The loss of David Fifita is massive for Brisbane, but there'll be a reprieve through the form of rookie Jordan Riki. The back-rower has speed to burn for a big man and though he'll most likely start the year behind Tevita Pangai Jnr, Alex Glenn, Corey Oates and John Asiata for an edge role, Riki will start at least ten games and cross the stripe 6+ times in 2021 as he begins to forge a career at Red Hill.