NRL halfback could be set for huge Super League move

Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Hull FC and Huddersfield Giants are looking for a new halfback in 2024.

Huddersfield Giants have seemingly made their move bringing in Adam Clune beating Hull FC and Leeds Rhinos.

This is yet to be confirmed, but it seems the Giants have replaced Theo Fages who is Catalans Dragons bound.

Hull FC meanwhile are looking to replace Jake Clifford who is joining North Queensland Cowboys in 2024 whilst Leeds are looking to replace Castleford Tigers halfback Blake Austin and Aidan Sezer who is headed to Wests Tigers.

Wigan meanwhile need a number six with Bevan French having to play there at present.

Now an option has emerged in the shape of Cooper Johns whose uncle Andrew famously played for Warrington Wolves in 2005.

McDermott recalled Johns’ late notice arrival: “He’d stepped off the plane and had sort of two sessions with the team, and I remember during the week all the talk of, ‘oh Andrew Johns is coming’.

“I’ve played against Johnson loads of times, for Australia, and I’m like, f**k Joey Johns. What difference can one man make?

“Well, after 15 minutes, I knew what difference he’d made and then at the end of the game, I thought, well, that’s why he’s immortal. That’s why he’s one of the best in the world.”

It could now be the case that one of Johns’ relatives, his nephew Cooper Johns, could be available for Super League clubs to make a play for.

Cooper plays in the halves and is currently at Manly Sea Eagles but per the Mole of Wide World of Sports he could well be available for 2024, as the Sea Eagles have a full salary cap for the upcoming season.

He’s played just eight games this season for Manly but he’s described by well renowned journalist The Mole as having ‘plenty of skill’ and being ‘a useful squad player’.

It’s also confirmed that “several rival clubs have already expressed interest to his management”, and with plenty of Super League sides lacking playmakers for 2024 then could Cooper follow in the footsteps of his uncle or even his Dad, Matthew, who had a spell with Wigan in 2001.

The 24-year-old will likely be on the radar for Super league sides and could follow in a line of young Australian playmakers who invigorate their career in the northern hemisphere, much like Jake Clifford has done at Hull FC this season.