This morning, the NRL confirmed new club The Dolphins’ latest signing.
Herman Ese’ese will be reuniting with former coach Wayne Bennett in 2023 on a one-year deal as The Dolphins’ squad continues to take shape.
The club now has 22 players signed for next year as well as five developmental players pinned down too, so things are starting to take shape.
The Dolphins are still yet to secure that statement signing after chasing the likes of Kayln Ponga and Cameron Munster for much of this year.
Now Ponga is out of the question, Munster’s future is undecided and there is still a real chance we could see him make the switch to The Dolphins in the near future which would be a massive boost for the emerging project.
Nonetheless, The Dolphins can claim to have plenty of stars especially in the pack with New Zealand internationals and former Melbourne Storm stars Jesse and Kenneath Bromwich leading the way. The brothers are also joined by the impressive Felise Kaufusi after over 150 appearances for Melbourne and two Grand Final wins.
Jarrod Wallace will also be a useful asset in the middle of the park.
In the halves, we could see maverick Anthony Milford who, in the right environment, could go on to be a real star of the NRL again such is his skillset.
Robert Jennings, one of the many Jennings brothers to be prolific near the try line, is an exciting signing in the backs as is Edrick Lee on the other wing.
Euan Aitken is also a savvy signing with over 150 games worth of experience including for the Prime Minister’s XIII in 2015 and Scotland.
So, their team is certainly starting to take shape and according to Australian site ZeroTackle, this what their squad could look like as we enter 2023 and their inaugural season in the NRL:
1. Jamayne Isaako
2. Robert Jennings
3. Brenko Lee
4. Euan Aitken
5. Edrick Lee
6. Anthony Milford
7. Sean O’Sullivan
8. Jesse Bromwich
9. Jeremy Marshall-King
10. Mark Nicholls
11. Felise Kaufusi
12. Kenneath Bromwich
13. Tom Gilbert
14. Kodi Nikorima
15. Jarrod Wallace
16. Connelly Lemuelu
17. Ray Stone
18. Valynce Te Whare
19. Mason Teague
20. JJ Collins
21. Isaiya Katoa
22. Herman Ese’ese
The Dolphins still have eight spots to fill of their top 30 and by the time those signings are secured they could have a very handy NRL squad.