Ex-Huddersfield Giants star reportedly backflips out of Leeds Rhinos move

Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves and Hull KR have all completed major signings for 2024.

Leeds in fact pulled something out of the blue when they announced the signing of Catalans Dragons forward Mickael Goudemand who has been replaced by the French club in the shape of Hull FC star Chris Satae.

Speaking of left field moves, Catalans were beaten to the signing for former Huddersfield Giants hooker and Leeds skipper Kruise Leeming by Wigan which no one saw coming.

Leeming was named Leeds captain last year but lost that role at the start of 2023 and his starting spot came under threat leading to his exit when he joined Gold Coast Titans.

Leeds have been rolling with Jarrod O’Connor and Corey Johnson since both of whom scored last week against Hull KR.

However, Leeds have turned to another former Huddersfield Giants hooker in the shape of Samoan international and Canberra Raiders star Danny Levi.

These reports emerged last week and though there was also another Super League club in the race for the Samoan – Hull FC.

The Airlie Birds are set to lose Brad Dwyer to the Warrington Wolves at the end of the year. Dwyer of course arrived at the MKM Stadium from Leeds after he was left out of the Grand Final squad last year, with O’Connor and Leeming named instead of the livewire.

Dwyer is set to replace Daryl Clark who is expected to sign for St Helens to replace the retiring James Roby in 2024. So, it appeared Leeds and Hull FC are set to battle for Levi’s signature for the 2024 season.

“We’re not saying we’re going, but we’re not also saying we’re staying,” his agent Mario Tartak said. “He’s a wanted man overseas.

“He’s been to the Super League before and was very successful in a short time there and there’s a lot of clubs there that need a hooker.

“He is enjoying his time in Canberra, although we’re just weighing up options.”

Naturally these rumours were brought up this week in Leeds boss Rohan Smith’s press conference ahead of their defeat to Hull KR.

When asked about this by Smith said: “I’m not going to buy into any of the speculation. When or if there’s a signing, we’ll be excited to announce.”

Despite Smith remaining coy on the matter, Serious About Rugby League were told that there is “a high chance” of Leeds completing the move for Levi in the very near future.

The Rhinos were expected to land the number nine despite interest from Hull FC, with the Samoa international keen to sign on the dotted line at Headingley for the 2024 season over any other Super League club.

That being said, a spanner has now been thrown into the works by the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia.

They have reported that Canberra have re-signed Levi hoping to keep the hooker as competition for places within the squad.

This would mean he has backflipped out of the move to Super League and Headingley in particular.