The Broncos are set to win the minor premiership and premiership double for the first time since 2000 in our bold predictions for all 17 NRL teams in 2024.
Meanwhile, Nathan Cleary will claim an elusive Dally M Medal, which is the last trophy he has to tick off his career list.
And the Dragons will finally agree to release Ben Hunt to fast-track a rebuild with a player swap involving the Titans.
Read on for every NRL team’s bold prediction for 2024.
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Bold prediction: Broncos to win minor premiership and Grand Final double
Analysis: The Broncos let the title slip in 17 minutes after holding a commanding 24-8 lead over the Panthers in the decider and that will burn with them all the way through next season in their charge to redemption. They may have lost Tom Flegler and Herbie Farnworth to the Dolphins, but the Broncos have a strong squad capable of filling those holes and going one better. Plus Reece Walsh, Ezra Mam and the other young stars are only going to get better with more experience. If they can learn their lessons from the heartbreak of the defeat in last year’s decider, the Broncos can use that to galvanise the squad and push them towards a first minor premiership since 2000 and a drought-breaking first title since 2006.
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Bold prediction: Raiders to get the spoon
Analysis: The Raiders made the top eight last season, but they will be a vastly different team after the departure of their best player in Jack Wighton. Not only the team’s five-eighth and chief playmaker, Wighton drove standards on and off the field and was a key driver of the team’s defensive line with his physicality and aggression. Replacing him is likely to be former Manly young gun Kaeo Weekes, but the 21-year-old has only played 12 NRL games and started just one in the No.6 jersey. He has plenty of talent, but is hardly a like for like replacement at this stage of his career. The Raiders have a strong forward pack but it is also an ageing one and Josh Papalii and Elliott Whitehead are in the twilight of their careers. It would be a remarkable drop, but with the nine teams below them expected to improve the Raiders could find themselves with the most unwanted trophy in rugby league in 2024.
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