With most Super League clubs now back in preseason, it looks as if most of the major moves by clubs is complete ahead of the 2023 season.
With the league being dominated by St Helens for the past four years, a lot of the top clubs have invested in players from England and abroad in order to close the gap to the champions.
Teams such as Huddersfield Giants and Warrington Wolves have both made massive roster changes ahead 0f next season and we are now going to take a look at who we believe are the best signings for next season.
5. Paul Vaughan
Warrington suffered a poor season in 2022 and Head Coach Daryl Powell has acted by revamping his squad, particularly his forward pack. The headline signing of their off season is that of Paul Vaughan, the NRL stalwart has played over 200 games over in Australia and has represented his state New South Wales on six occasions. at 31 he is a seasoned veteran in the middle and brings a wealth of experience to the Wolves pack alongside fellow signing Josh McGuire.
4. Tom Opacic
The signing of Opacic for Hull KR looks a shrewd piece of business following the centres end to the season in the NRL. He became a crucial part of the Parramatta Eels side which made the Grand Final in which they was beat by Penrith Panthers. The centres involvement in the Eels season increased after he was announced as a new signing for KR and he likely would have stayed in Australia with his performances impressing but instead takes his talent to Hull full of confidence.
3. Jake Clifford
On the other side of Hull, Jake Clifford has been brought in to improve the fortunes of Hull FC after a disappointing 2022. With the loss of Jake Connor to Huddersfield, The airlie birds will need Clifford to hit the ground running to replace the creativity of the eccentric full back. With Jake Trueman also coming to FC, they now possess a young talented half back pairing who can spearhead the club into a really bright period.
2. Siosiua Taukeiaho
Catalans Dragons have made big changes to their forward pack for the 2023 season, Sam Kasiano and Gil Dudson have both left to go to Warrington Wolves and Dylan Napa has been released. This left the space for Catalans to bring in the experienced Siosiua Taukeiaho to bolster their front row, the Tongan captain will bring his strong running and offloading game to Perpignan. A goal kicking prop forward, he is a multiple NRL winner and will hope to bring a first Super League title to the South of France.
1. Jake Connor
The only Super League to Super League transfer on this list but possibly the one who will end up being the most influential. Connor returns to Huddersfield after a six year stay with Hull FC in which he established himself as one of the most creative players in Super League. In only 20 games he provided with 33 try assists which was the most in the league, if Ian Watson can find a way to get Connor, Tui Lolohea, Theo Fages and Will Pryce all playing and firing at the same time then the Giants will be a real handful in 2023.