Leeds Rhinos have made some of the biggest and most exciting signings ahead of the 2024 Super League season.
They started their recruitment with the understated arrival of Mickael Goudemand from Catalans Dragons.
Then fans began to ask serious questions about Leeds’ recruitment especially as it became apparent that they would lose both of their halfbacks in the shape of Aidan Sezer and Blake Austin with fans calling for the club to re-sign Austin.
Then came the curve ball of the club signing electric fullback Lachie Miller which was something no one was expecting at the start of last season.
Then they signed former Huddersfield Giants halfback Matt Frawley to replace Sezer but with Austin’s exit came the question of who would replace him.
There was another question raised when centre Nene MacDonald left the club and Leeds replaced him with Paul Momirovski.
Then came the big signings of Brodie Croft and Andy Ackers from Salford Red Devils, which could be the two biggest signings ahead of 2024.
After signing, Croft went down under but in a boost for the Rhinos he is already back after just a week of pre-season training.
This is often rare with many Australian players staying down under much longer so this is a major boost for the club.
He said on arriving for pre-season: “Yeah I feel really refreshed and ready to go. We had some nice family time back in Australia, got some sun into me and I am here now ready to really rip in here with the boys at Leeds.”
Asked about getting to know the squad, the former Man of Steel added: “Yeah I’m already getting to know the squad. I had heaps of boys reaching out over the break but it is good to see the guys in person and see the facilities as well and I am really ready to rip in.”
Lastly, he expressed his excitement for pre-season: “Yeah I definitely enjoy the challenge of pre-season, it sets you up for a big season ahead. When you get the work done it will hopefully bring the rewards come the season.”
Croft has taken on the number six shirt for 2024 following in the footsteps of the likes of Danny McGuire, John Holmes and Lewis Jones.