Canberra Raiders gun Josh Papalii laughed when he heard his future teammate Josh Hodgson had jumped through a door, now the pair can share a joke about it as dual Mal Meninga medallists.
Papalii and Hodgson were named joint winners of the Raiders' player of the year, polling 19 votes apiece on Monday night.
Nothing's been able to separate the NRL's biggest bromance between centre Joey Leilua and winger Jordan Rapana all year and that didn't change in the Meninga medal voting with the duo dubbed "Leipana" finishing tied for third on 17 votes.
The Raiders also awarded life membership to one of their favourite sons in former chief executive John McIntyre.
McIntyre, whose father Les was the inaugural chairman, gave more than 30 years' service to the Raiders as either chairman, chief executive or on the finance committee before stepping down in 2013.
Many would have tipped Hodgson to be favourite given he's also one of the favourites for the Dally M Medal, due to a stunning season that has seen him emerge as one of the best hookers in the world.
The hardy Yorkshireman has played a pivotal role in the Raiders' resurgence to finish the home-and-away season second on the NRL ladder.
But Papalii has also been brilliant this year and the pair will be crucial cogs' in the Green Machine's preliminary final against the Melbourne Storm in Melbourne on Saturday.
The players were on their best behaviour at their awards night, with a win against the Storm propelling them into the club's first grand final since 1994.
But the Raiders were scratching their heads when news emerged of Hodgson jumping through a New Zealand student's door at a party in Dunedin during England's Four Nations campaign.
The only thing the Raiders would be scratching their heads about now is how good will the 26-year-old become.
The cheeky hooker's antics brought a smile to Papalii's face when reminded of the incident.
"I found that pretty funny. Obviously he had to pay for the door, but it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt and luckily he didn't," he said.
"We've got a few characters in our team already. From the first day I met Hodgo we knew we'd picked up someone special.
"He's obviously lived up to his reputation and he's put a lot of critics to bed with his form this year. He played good last year, it's just we didn't make the finals and people didn't see what he can do in the finals."
Papalii played down his own season, deflecting the praise to his teammates who have helped him.
Papalii had a slight limp at Raiders training on Monday but was confident he would be fit to face the Storm.
The quietly spoken second-rower has not only been in outstanding form for the Raiders, but he starred for Queensland in their State of Origin series win as well.
"I'm just happy to play most games this season. It helps when the club gets off to a good start, it helps your form a bit as well," Papalii said.
"We finished second this year and couldn't be any happier for the boys and I'm just happy to be a part of it".
Hodgson's fellow Englishman Elliott Whitehead said Canberra's No.9 was in the same class as Storm, Queensland and Australia captain Cameron Smith, who is widely regarded as one of the best players in the world.
"I don't see why not. He's shown week-in, week-out this year he's a class player and Cameron Smith's a great player as well so it'll be a good battle down there in the middle for Hodgey, but I'm sure he'll step up to the mark," Whitehead said.
Prop Clay Priest, who broke his ankle last week, was named rookie of the year after earning a contract this year through his efforts at NSW Cup grand finalists Mounties.
2016 MENINGA MEDAL WINNERS
Meninga Medal: Josh Hodgson and Josh Papalii
Meninga Medal points: 19 Josh Hodgson and Josh Papalii, 17 Jordan Rapana and Joey Leilua, 14 Jack Wighton, 13 Jarrod Croker.
Life Membership: John McIntyre
NRL Coaches Award: Jordan Rapana and Joey Leilua
NRL Rookie of the Year: Clay Priest
Fred Daly Clubman of the Year: Sia Soliola
NYC Player of the Year: Jack Williams
NYC Coaches Award: Daniel Dole
Gordon McLucas Junior Representative Player of the Year: Nick Cotric
Geoff Caldwell Welfare and Education Award: Jack Hickson
NRL PRELIMINARY FINAL