Maintaining a stable roster of playing and coaching staff is an extremely underestimated, yet extremely important scenario any NRL club should preserve. A predictable squad recognizes each others strengths and limitations and players who know that they are wanted by their club are generally more able to focus on developing their game.
One team in this situation, and in top form to boot, is the Newcastle Knights. Much was made of the Knights powerful defensive display and ability to overcome the challenge of losing their chief playmaker, Jarrod Mullen, after only a few minutes on the weekend. For many the Knights have played above expectations all year with most commentators originally predicting the Novocastrians to finish at 7th or 8th at best (some even predicting they would gain the wooden spoon).