The former Panthers lower grades coach will have to hit the ground running to whip the Titans into shape after a shocking season that saw them finish second last and sack coach Neil Henry in the wake of a fall-out with their star player.
The Panthers big man and new Australian representative has already met one of his front row heroes. He's promised to hug the other one if they finally cross paths.
David Klemmer knows better than anyone that the sanctuary of the NRL goes out the window when it comes to the prospect of punch-ups in international rugby league.
As a chastened Josh Dugan vowed to lock himself away on days off, one of his Australian teammates revealed he planned to run off to Byron Bay one game-day during the World Cup.
The addition of Andrew Fifita and Jason Taumalolo has rivals on notice as the Tongans assemble a fearsome bunch of forwards that could blow rivals clean off the park.
There are several reasons the ball is in North Queensland's, not Melbourne's, court for next season.
Now you have no reason not to say all the right things as the Storm try to win another NRL grand final.
Are the Storm back to their best, how far can Michael Morgan rise and will this be the NRL swansong for a pair of greats?
Follow these simple rules and you to can be singing YIPPEEEE KI YAY if the Cowboys get up over the Storm.
We spoke to some of the game's leading thinkers and coaches, present and former, about how they would go about masterminding a victory on Sunday night.