Leeds Rhinos have made a real statement of intent ahead of the 2024 Super League season.
The Rhinos kicked off their 2024 recruitment with an underappreciated signing in the shape of Mickael Goudemand from Catalans Dragons.
Then came perhaps the most underrated signing ahead of the 2024 season in the electric and powerful Lachie Miller who seems made for Super League.
Next was an NRL winning centre in the shape of Paul Momirovski but their real statement of intent was the acquisition of Salford Red Devils duo Andy Ackers and Brodie Croft.
Both are excellent signings that seem set to give Leeds one of the best spines in the league.
Croft will be seen as the headline purchase as Man of Steel winner as recently as 2022.
Croft had signed an eight year deal at Salford Red Devils which is why £200,000 was paid to the Red Devils for the stand-off who had well documented NRL clauses in his contract.
It was reported yesterday by Newscorp that similar clauses existed in his Leeds contract but Serious About Rugby League confirmed that these could only be activated at the end of 2025 – one year before his contract expires.
That being said, speaking to Newscorp, his agent Danny Orr hinted at an NRL move in the near future.
“Brodie has some NRL clauses in his Leeds deal,” Orr told the publication.
“With the abundance of NRL halfbacks coming towards the end of their contracts for 2024, who knows, Brodie Croft could still one day come back to the NRL.
“All the best halfbacks in the NRL are aged 28-plus. With the experience Brodie has gathered and the form he is in … from what I have seen in the current market, Brodie has a lot to offer an NRL club.
“He is certainly keen to come back one day but it is all based around opportunity and what’s the right opportunity.”
Rival fans will be quick to suggest that this investment could back fire but the club are clearly aiming for a big 2024 season and Croft will be key to that.
Plus Croft will definitely be at the club in 2025 unless a fee is paid.