We don't have the budget of the Dally Ms - or the one-grunt answers from award winners - but here at League Apart we'd still like to salute the end of the season with some gongs of our own.

So here we go with the inaugural LAs for 2012.

'''Best signing:'''
Des Hasler. What he's done at Belmore is just remarkable. Jonathan Wright reckons his coach speaks 'Swahili' at times but they still hang off his every word. Will go down as one of the all-time greats - if he's not there already.

'''Worst signing:'''
Jamal Idris. He is lucky he wasn't pinged for excess baggage on the flight to Coolangatta after appearing out of shape all season. Chris Sandow gets silver.

'''Biggest Flops:'''
The Warriors closely followed by the Tigers.

'''Big Improvers:'''
Canterbury (obviously) with honourable mentions for Souths, Canberra and Cronulla

'''Best stink:'''
The press box blow up between Ray Hadley and a Melbourne Storm upstart who challenged Bolts at halftime in the Brisbane-Melb clash. Talk about punching out of your weight division.

'''Best try:'''
The Ben Barba-inspired special for Josh Morris against the Storm in Mackay. It wasn't just the best try of this season - it's up there with the best of all time.

'''Best rumour:'''
Involved a player, his wife and the coach of a rival club. Unfortunately it didn't turn out to be true. We think

'''Thanks for coming:'''
Tim Sheens, Stephen Kearney and Brian Smith all paid the price for poor seasons at their respective clubs but, as yet, no player sackings.

'''Position (Still) Vacant:'''
How long does it take to find a new CEO? The ARLC has been searching for a new boss since David Gallop's departure in June but still no word on his replacement. Glaciers move quicker.

'''Things we'll miss over summer:'''
Cracking a beer and settling in for Friday night footy, watching the Dragons lose, Shark Park/Brookie/Kogarah/Leichhardt on a sunny Sunday arvo

'''Things we won't miss:'''
Video refereeing blunders, Phil Gould, Bill Harrigan's excuses

'''Big movers (2013):'''
Sharks, Eels, Roosters

'''Big Sliders:'''
Tigers, Dragons, Sea Eagles

'''Can't wait for:'''
Sonny Bill Williams' return to the NRL. Ditto Ricky Stuart.

'''Can wait for:'''
Another Queensland Origin series win. Seriously fellas, ain't seven more than enough?

'''Grand final winner:'''
Storm by 4

'''Clive Churchill Medal:'''
Ryan Hoffman


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