Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves, Hull FC, Hull KR and Huddersfield Giants have all made huge NRL signings for next year and more are set to come.
Tom Burgess, Morgan Harper and Cooper Johns have all been linked with Super League moves and that isn’t the extent of it either.
Another player who could make the switch is Charlie Staines who offers great versatility across the backline.
Charlie Staines currently plies his trade at the Wests Tigers, where he has played both winger and full back this season. He has only featured nine times in 2023, but he has notched three tries and provided one assist. In his first eight games, he played the full 80 minutes, however he was taken off in round 23 against the Canberra Raiders and has not featured since.
According to Zero Tackle, he is looking for a new club in 2024 and thus could be Super League bound.
Teammate Daine Laurie was heavily linked with a move to Super League and especially Leeds and Warrington.
It has now been confirmed that Laurie will return to the Panthers ahead of the 2024 NRL campaign after three seasons with Wests Tigers.
A proud Indigenous man, Laurie joined the Panthers as a teenager in 2017 and played in the club’s SG Ball, Jersey Flegg and NSW Cup teams before making his NRL debut in 2020.
The 24-year-old has played 46 NRL games with 10 tries to his name, and has represented the Indigenous All Stars and Prime Minister’s XIII.
Panthers Rugby League CEO Matt Cameron said he was pleased to see Laurie sign on with the club.
“I look forward to welcoming Daine back to Panthers for the 2024 season,” Cameron said.
“It’s always rewarding to see a former Panther return home to the club, and we believe Daine can flourish in the Panthers environment.”
So Leeds pivoted their focus elsewhere. This forced Leeds’ hand as they were linked with Newcastle Knights fullback Lachlan Miller signing the former Olympian for next year.
This does raise questions about what will happen to Richie Myler in 2024 and whether he could actually replace Aidan Sezer and Blake Austin in the halves.