Though the 2023 Super League season has yet to begin, preparations for beyond that will have already begun especially as most sides have already done all their business for the 2023 barring the likes of Catalans Dragons, Leigh Leopards and potentially Salford Red Devils.
As in the NRL, considerations will be made to how squads for the 2024 season will look especially after they set the precedent down under of making signings well in advance because of the 1st November rule.
All sides have players off contract at the end of 2023 and they will definitely want to secure some of these players down moving forward, and we will likely start to see this happen sooner rather than later especially as current clubs are allowed to underline what they intend for their current players coming off contract and essentially have first dibs.
So, considering this, which off contract player should Leeds Rhinos look to tie down for 2024 and beyond?
The Rhinos have James Bentley, Zane Tetevano, Blake Austin, Aidan Sezer, James Donaldson, Levi Edwards, Sam Walters, Liam Tindall, Jack Sinfield and David Fusitu’a.
There are some top stars there but it will be interesting to see who Leeds prioritise.
Perhaps it is key that they tie down at least one of their halfbacks down beyond 2023 to sustain some stability moving into 2024.
Out of Aidan Sezer and Blake Austin, the player Leeds should prioritise is hard to determine. Perhaps it should be Austin as he seems slightly less likely to pick up an injury.