Joey Johns declared a few weeks back that this years premiership will always have an astriix next to it, just like the Knights first premiership in 1997 when the Brincos were not apart of the comp.
I'm not convinced that people think less of the knights 1997 premiership win. However, I do think this years premiers may not enjoy the same level of prestige as winning it in normal circumstances.
Personally, I will be very happy to win and don't care much for reducing the value of the comp due to Co-vid 19. There are still 16 clubs vieing for the one trophies.