There is some confusion over Leeds Rhinos and whether or not they are likely to add to their squad even more ahead of the 2024 Super League season.
The Rhinos have made some stellar signings already though their recruitment started with the understated arrival of Mickael Goudemand from Catalans Dragons who provides squad depth and the experience of being in a winning team to the Rhinos.
Leeds then turned to the NRL to sign former Olympian Lachie Miller from the Newcastle Knights who is simply made for Super League with his electric pace which made him so dangerous in the NRL but also in rugby union sevens.
This came as Leeds signed former Huddersfield Giants halfback Matt Frawley. The halfback will replace Aidan Sezer and speaking of replacing, at the end of the season Leeds confirmed the release of Nene MacDonald as he joined Salford Red Devils and Leeds replaced him with the arrival of NRL winner Paul Momirovski from the Sydney Roosters.
Then the Rhinos completed their two biggest signings as they completed the double coup of Brodie Croft and Andy Ackers from Salford Red Devils for a fee of £300,000 for the duo. The Rhinos would then announce the signing of Castleford Tigers forward Kieran Hudson.
Most recently though, the Rhinos have been described as front runners for Wakefield Trinity winger Lee Kershaw. Serious About Rugby League initially reported the interest before the Yorkshire Post reported that the Rhinos were leading the chase for the winger.
However, a spanner has been thrown into the works by Gary Hetherington who said to the Yorkshire Evening Post that the Rhinos are spent up and the squad numbers are set to be released.
That being said, the Rhinos could still announce the signing of Kershaw with a deal possibly already being done.
Many fans are baffled that the Rhinos could be spent up given the recent departure of Richie Myler who appeared part of Leeds’ plans for the 2024 season before he made his move to York.
So, Kershaw would likely be taking up the space on this cap left by Myler. There is also the curious case of Derrell Olpherts who has been linked with moves to Bradford Bulls and Leigh Leopards and could still make the move away from Headingley.
That being said, even if Olpherts did leave it is unlikely that Leeds would make more than one signing meaning those hoping that Ryan Sutton could be Headingley bound will likely be disappointed. Serious About Rugby League understands he will certainly not be making the move to Headingley.