Wests Tigers should have learnt from history the folly of having their best four players come off contract at the same time.
Roy Masters is a Sports Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald
When it is put to Storm coach Craig Bellamy that Sunday's match is a grand final re-match, he sounds like Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth: "What's done is done."
Fifteen months ago, Canterbury coach Des Hasler put a bizarre proposal to the Storm: an immediate swap of Melbourne halfback Cooper Cronk for two promising Bulldogs players.
It's been a bloody March for the NRL coaching profession.
The NRL will inevitably move to ban agents from simultaneously representing both players and coaches.
When an NRL player and his manager appear before COO Nick Weeks, on a charge of breaching behavioural rules, many of them play the mental health card.
Three NRL clubs made a profit in 2015 and only two last year, raising the question whether the Broncos will be the sole team to finish the 2017 season in the black.
It's not unusual for a football manager at a club to receive two "please explain" letters from NRL headquarters at the same time.
When Nick Weeks won the University Medal in Law, he said "it opened a few doors".
NRL club presidents and their chief executives have essentially swapped roles. Whereas presidents were once almost anonymous, often former players and elected on a yearly basis, they now rival the coach as front man of the club