It was announced yesterday that Brad Dwyer will be a Hull FC player in 2023.
Despite Leeds Rhinos fans desperately wanting him to stay, the wily hooker will move to the MKM Stadium in 2023 to link up with Brett Hodgson in what has been a much different recruitment style for Hull this year.
Speaking to hullfc.com, Dwyer said: “I’m really excited to be coming over and playing for Hull next season. The biggest attraction for me was playing in front of those fans – it’s an incredible fanbase, and you really get that sense of atmosphere and occasion when playing at Hull.
“Playing off the back of the pack that Hull has too was a big draw for me. I think it’ll suit me down to the ground, it really excited me about what I could bring to the club and I came away from those meetings buzzing for next season.
“It’s exciting to be part of a that spine. Having a couple of other new faces in there like Jake [Trueman] and Tex [Hoy] allows us all to put our own stamp on it and I’m really looking forward to working with Danny and Joe.”
With Newcastle Knights star Tex Hoy, Castleford Tigers halfback Jake Trueman and fellow Leeds man joining Dwyer in East Yorkshire next season, the Black and Whites are beginning to build more rounded squad than the one that has taken the field in 2022.
Having said that, Dwyer has signed on a one-year deal alongside Danny Houghton and Joe Lovodua whilst youngster Denive Balmforth has been patiently waiting in the wings for an opportunity.
That has led to potential calls that Dwyer could be heading elsewhere for 2024; earlier in the season the Leeds man was rumoured with St Helens, with Sky Sports pundit Jenna Brooks previously calling that a done deal.
Could Dwyer link up with Saints in 2024 once James Roby has hung up his boots for good? At present, Roby is being linked heavily with signing a new deal at his boyhood club, and, with Joey Lussick able to provide great back-up, Dwyer is perhaps not needed in 2023.
However, if Roby does retire at the end of 2023, that would make that hooker’s spot very interesting heading into 2024.
With 29-year-old Dwyer penning just a 12-month deal, people are putting two and two together – could it happen?
Stranger things have happened in rugby league.