Just like the teams they play for, every year players move forward, and some move backwards.
Whether it be their form, their ladder position, every season is a year of fluctuations. So while some players reach the end of the line or hit a rough form patch, others breakout and enjoy career-best years, catch the eyes of fans and coaches alike.
While some sides struggled, even the worst sides had players on the up, whether it be a rookie growing into themselves, or an established star reaching a new level, every club had a player that got better this season.
Normally, the first season back from an ACL tear is a slow one. You gradually warm back up into form and shed the fear of re-injury over time. Not Carrigan, he hit the ground running in 2022, not only making himself a pivotal member of their forward pack, but claiming the Wally Lewis medal in his maiden Origin series.
Set to debut for Australia at the World Cup in the coming weeks.