The incredible turnaround of the North Queensland Cowboys in 2022 has surprised almost everyone.
Somehow, the side that finished 2021 in 15th spot as the competition's worst defensive side has just booked itself a home preliminary final.
North Queensland have languished in the bottom eight since 2018. But head coach Todd Payten has managed to change their fortunes.
With the 2022 Cowboys in mind, we will explore eight other times in which teams have been able to climb from one end of the ladder to the other in a single season.
8. Wests Tigers - 2005
There are many unwritten rules in life: Never ask a woman her age or a man his income, and the Wests Tigers are probably going to finish ninth
This was exactly the case for Tim Sheens West Tigers outfit in 2004, when they were leapfrogged by the Raiders in the final week of the home and away season to miss finals for the fourth straight year since the club's inception.
That would change the following year when the Tigers would claim a spot in the top four ending the regular season with 14 wins and 10 losses.
The 2005 West Tigers were a side that played their own brand of electrifying football.
The merger club had never played finals before but they claimed some serious scalps on their way to a maiden premiership.
Week 1 saw them put 50 points on the Cowboys, Week 2 they outclassed the Broncos 34 points to 6, only to send the St George Illawarra Dragons - who were heavy favourites - packing in the preliminary final.
They beat the Cowboys 30 - 16 in a grand final which is perhaps most famous for Marshall's audacious flick pass to Pat Richards that saw the Tigers run the length of the field.