Every year, a handful of teams will rise from outside the top eight to within it.
2022 could see a bigger shift in those teams playing finals footy during the month of September than any in recent memory, with some clubs going on mass recruitment drives, and others missing the eight by slim margins in 2021 despite looking like they would or should make it at various points.
Add that to the fact some teams in the top eight look incredibly vulnerable, and there is serious value to be found with bonus code bet365 on teams to make the top eight in 2022.
The Cronulla Sharks welcome Nicho Hynes and Dale Finucane to the club in 2021 from the winning Melbourne Storm culture. They also hit reset with Craig Fitzgibbon to arrive as coach, while tackling machine Cameron McInnes will also run out in black, white and blue.
Cronulla were among many punters picks for the 2021 finals, and while they missed out, they were a top-four first half team.
Finucane and McInnes will held their middle third depth and should ensure the club can compete there for 80 minutes, meaning a top-eight spot looks far more likely than it doesn't for the men form the Shire.
The Raiders were one of the great disappointments from the 2021 season.
A team who were thought of to be in the running for the top four ended up missing the top eight. George Williams departure didn't help, but in truth, things were already spiralling before his exit.
Jamal Fogarty arrives in 2022 to take his place, and while the pressure is on coach Ricky Stuart to get the club to a point of a dramatic turnaround, they have plenty going for them.
A Josh Papalii-led forward pack, the return of Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, and Xavier Savage set for a breakout year. This is a side who should be in the top eight.
The Bulldogs have undertaken one of the most aggressive recruitment campaigns in recent times. They have brought in more than ten players for the new season, but it's the quality of those players which will see them make giant leaps forward.
Matt Burton has taken up a majority of the headlines as the club's saviour, while Josh Addo-Carr, Brent Naden, Paul Vaughan and Tevita Pangai Junior are also big-name recruits.
Phil Gould has also arrived to right the ship in what could be a big year for the men from Belmore.
Adam Reynolds has arrived in Brisbane following his time at the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
One of the most experienced halves in the competition, Reynolds brings everything the Broncos need to turn the club around.
A strong kicking game, a cool head in the middle and someone to guide the forwards around the park. Add that to shrewd re-signings and the arrival of premiership star Kurt Capewell and the Broncos are set for a dramatic rise in 2022.