My top 8 at the start of the year was probably:Do you mind sharing
a) Who you originally had in the top four
b) Who you now have?
I usually pick the 8 by starting with the sides you know are typically consistent and will make the 8. Usually the big sides from the year before.
The bottom I was thinking maybe the Titans, then Bulldogs and Manly.
I personally had no idea where we would end up. I've been pushing for us to sign in bulk to rebuild for a while after seeing other clubs do it. As we were signing I was getting quite confident that we could surprise. As we got closer to the season I had more question marks over if collectively the signings would work or we'd need time to gel. The analysts writing us off might have played a part as well. Even then I thought maybe mid table and push for the last two slots in the 8 if we were lucky, just I thought some of the other teams I had mid table would be better than us. Still a long way to go and happy to see them exceeding my expectations.