One Super League club is set to make another key signing within the next week as we close in on the new Super League season.
Most Super League clubs have already completed their business for the 2023 season.
Leigh Leopards used their last quota spot by bringing in ex-Leeds Rhinos prop Ava Seumanufagai but could still make up to two more signings according to boss Adrian Lam.
Salford Red Devils have one quota spot left but seem unlikely to use it before the new season.
The other club with quota spots open is the Catalans Dragons.
The French side have two spots open after the release of prop Dylan Napa and Josh Drinkwater’s move to Warrington Wolves.
They want to use one of their quota spots on Napa’s replacement though their options seem to be limited now with Jared Waerea-Hargreaves contracted to Sydney Roosters for 2023 and Seumanufagai joined Leigh and Marty Taupau joining Brisbane Broncos.
Meanwhile, the other spot is to be used on a centre after the move of Samisoni Langi to Wakefield Trinity and Dean Whare moving to the Elite One Championship for 2023.
As they look for a new centre, according to French publications L’Independent and Treize Mondial the Dragons will sign an Australian centre within the next 10 days.
According to Catalans Dragons owner Bernard Guasch, the injury to Fouad Yaha has forced them to accelerate their pursuit:
“Fouad Yaha’s injury (shoulder surgery next Monday) requires that we accelerate the recruitment of a centre. It’s a matter of a day or a week,” he said to L’Independent.
However, the centre they’re likely to bring in remains unclear.
That said, Treize Mondial have listed the centres the club have missed out on.
These include Featherstone Rovers centre Joey Leilua which is well documented as was their pursuit of now Leigh Leopards star Ricky Leutele who left Huddersfield Giants for Leigh Sports Village despite interest from Catalans, Leeds and Wigan.
One of the players Huddersfield signed to replace Leutele, former New Zealand international Esan Marsters, was also targeted by the Dragons.
Painful for the Dragons missing out on two players who signed for other Super League clubs instead of them.