Minor premiers Canterbury are set to scoop the pool at Tuesday's Dally M awards with Bulldogs fullback Ben Barba a big chance of taking home three individual honours including the night's major gong.
Barba is the overwhelming favourite to win the Dally M player of the year with team captains Billy Slater, Terry Campese, Michael Ennis, Johnathan Thurston, Sam Thaiday, Paul Gallen and Michael Crocker all agreeing at the NRL finals launch on Monday the livewire No.1 would claim the coveted prize.
The 23-year-old Barba is already guaranteed one award after tying with North Queensland winger Ashley Graham with 21 tries in the home and away season.
Barba is also expected to win fullback of the year and nobody is happier for him than Ennis, who is in line for captain of the year.
"Throughout all the learning curves that come with establishing yourself as a good NRL player, Ben's really matured as a person and he's worked extremely hard on his game," Ennis said.
"If you come out to Belmore and watch what that kid puts into his game every week, it's a real credit to him. He's got great balance in his life with his family and young children there and support of his parents up in Mackay.
"It's certainly a massive drawcard for the NRL guys like Ben. I'm really proud of Ben. Personally I've known him for a few seasons now and he's worked tirelessly on his game and he's matured a lot both on and off the field.
"He's got some rewards on the back end of that this year and no doubt he'll really enjoy his first finals series coming up."
Barba could be one of four Bulldogs celebrating positional awards on the night with Josh Morris (centre), Josh Reynolds (five-eighth) and James Graham (prop) all rated strong chances.
Bulldogs mentor Des Hasler could well join the blue and white show as coach of the year after claiming the minor premiership in his first season with Canterbury since defecting from defending premiers Manly.
There appears little opposition to South Sydney No.7 Adam Reynolds for the rookie award, the local junior playing all 24 games as he steered the Rabbitohs to the finals in his debut campaign.