It was hardly conceivable a few months ago, but a brand dragged through the mud is now trumpeting themselves as a "magnificent proposition" as they go on the hunt for a new major sponsor.
Shane Flanagan didn't want Valentine Holmes to trial for the NFL, let alone in such a public manner. But there was a surprise in store for the premiership-winning coach just days after the Los Angeles workout.
Penrith supremo Phil Gould has warned a plot to remove Australian Rugby League Commission boss John Grant won't solve the the NRL funding fiasco which has spawned a "toxic and untrusting" relationship between League Central and the clubs.
Two of the clubs which have received financial help from the NRL could hold the key to John Grant's future.
John Grant wanted to sort out his differences with the seething NRL clubs this week. The clubs' answer is not one he will want to hear.
A retirement fund for NRL players would be the cornerstone of a raft of initiatives designed to safeguard the futures of the game's stars.
Fifteen of the 16 NRL clubs and the NSW Rugby League will move to oust John Grant as chairman of the ARL Commission in the next month.
Why is rugby league at war?
The launch next year's NRL draw was overshadowed by the spectre of club mutiny over what the code plans to do with its record $1.8 billion broadcast deal.
The Rabbitohs will make a request to the NRL to be spared any further punishment in the final six rounds after being hit hardest with the release of the 2017 draw on Thursday.