Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Hull FC and Huddersfield Giants are all expected to sign a halfback for the 2024 season.
It seems Huddersfield Giants have seemingly replaced Theo Fages with Adam Clune from Newcastle Knights with the Giants beating Leeds and Hull FC to his signature according to reports.
Hull FC do have a halfback in their squad who they could earmark as Jake Clifford’s replacement as he heads to North Queensland Cowboys.
That is of course Ben McNamara who is out of contract but it seems that the Black and Whites could be about to allow him to leave according to the Hull Daily Mail making him a potential target for Leeds and Wigan moving forward.
Cooper Johns could also be an option, the son of Andrew Johns who famously played for Warrington Wolves.
McDermott recalled Johns’ late notice arrival: “He’d stepped off the plane and had sort of two sessions with the team, and I remember during the week all the talk of, ‘oh Andrew Johns is coming’.
“I’ve played against Johnson loads of times, for Australia, and I’m like, f**k Joey Johns. What difference can one man make?
“Well, after 15 minutes, I knew what difference he’d made and then at the end of the game, I thought, well, that’s why he’s immortal. That’s why he’s one of the best in the world.”
It could now be the case that one of Johns’ relatives, his nephew Cooper Johns, could be available for Super League clubs to make a play for.
Cooper plays in the halves and is currently at Manly Sea Eagles but per the Mole of Wide World of Sports he could well be available for 2024, as the Sea Eagles have a full salary cap for the upcoming season.
He’s played just eight games this season for Manly but he’s described by well renowned journalist The Mole as having ‘plenty of skill’ and being ‘a useful squad player’.
It’s also confirmed that “several rival clubs have already expressed interest to his management”, and with plenty of Super League sides lacking playmakers for 2024 then could Cooper follow in the footsteps of his uncle or even his Dad, Matthew, who had a spell with Wigan in 2001.
The 24-year-old will likely be on the radar for Super league sides and could follow in a line of young Australian playmakers who invigorate their career in the northern hemisphere, much like Jake Clifford has done at Hull FC this season.