Leeds Rhinos laid down a massive marker with a double signing from Salford Red Devils.
The Rhinos came into the off season on the back of a disappointing season in 2023.
The eight time Super League Champions finished eight with no top four finish since they won the Grand Final in 2017.
In their effort to amend their failings in recent times, the Rhinos made some major signings.
They have signed Mickael Goudemand from Catalans Dragons, former Huddersfield Giants halfback Matt Frawley and electric fullback Lachie Miller.
These were all signed during the 2023 campaign and they have completed three more ahead of 2024.
They signed centre Paul Momirovski from Sydney Roosters as well as their double coup of Salford stars Brodie Croft and Andy Ackers.
Much was made of Croft reportedly wanting to stay at Salford but he has very much been sold on the move.
This is very much because of the impact of Rohan Smith according to the Daily Telegraph who have reported a meeting with Smith sold Croft on Leeds,.
Croft has spoken about the move himself.
He said: “I would like to say a massive thank you to Paul Rowley and everyone at the Salford club who has supported me over the last two years and I wish them all the best for the future. I can’t wait to get started in pre-season and get to know the Leeds boys. When I found out that Gary and Rohan were keen to bring Andy with me from Salford, I was really excited. For me, he is the best hooker in Super League and we have a great relationship on and off the field.
“At Salford we had a really tight knit group and I think that helped us perform to our best and I am hoping to replicate that here at Leeds. I had a big smile on my face walking around AMT Headingley; when you can see all the heritage here, imagining what it will be like running out in front of the Leeds fans and hearing the South Stand roar, I can’t wait,” added Croft.
Croft has taken on the famous six shirt following in the footsteps of Danny McGuire, John Holmes and Lewis Jones.