Leeds Rhinos have assembled a fantastic squad ahead of 2024 and it seems that all the business has been done for the 2024 campaign even despite losing Richie Myler just before they revealed their 2024 squad numbers.
The Rhinos have made some impressive signings and chief among them is former Salford Red Devils duo Brodie Croft and Andy Ackers. The Rhinos paid £300,000 for the duo both of whom were contracted to the Red Devils for 2024.
Leeds have also made some statement signings from the NRL such as former NRL Grand Final winner Paul Momirovski, electric fullback Lachie Miller and former Huddersfield Giants halfback Matt Frawley for the 2024 season.
On top of this, Leeds have added reinforcements to their pack signing Mickael Goudemand from Catalans Dragons and Kieran Hudson from Castleford Tigers for next year but despite the fact their spending is over, they may add one more name to their list of options in the pack for next year in the shape of rugby union star Ryan Boyce.
A former teammate of Kevin Sinfield’s at Yorkshire Carnegie, Boyce also played for Harlequins and Bath in the Rugby Union Premiership. Ahead of the 2024 season, Boyce joined the Rhinos’ pre-season squad on trial on a week by week basis.
However, speaking to the Daily Mirror, Boyce has made it clear that he believes he can make the switch and play Super League in 2024.
This would be an impressive achievement from the prop with very few front rowers making the switch from the 15 man code to league. But it would also be a boost for the Rhinos who would have extra reinforcements in the pack which is an area some Leeds fans wanted to address.
Furthermore, due to salary cap relief for players signed from union, Boyce won’t count on the Rhinos’ cap and will only count for 50% of his wage next year as well.
Leeds utilised this rule to sign Kyle Eastmond in 2021 though it somewhat failed with the former St Helens halfback unable to stay fit leading to his retirement early in the season.
Boyce will be hoping for more success than Eastmond should he secure a contract.