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Sensational transfer move could open the door for Leeds Rhinos to sign reported target

Shaun Johnson is one of the best players of his generation.

He broke English hearts in the 2013 World Cup semi-final at Wembley for New Zealand. He has a killer step but also top level game management to compliment his creativity.

It is remarkable he has never won a Grand Final down.

The halfback is now in the twilight of his career with an unsettled future.

There have been reports recently that the Wests Tigers are interested in signing him and now Tim Sheens has confirmed as such according to the Canberra Times.

Johnson would alleviate the Tigers’ injury worries but it could also open the door further for Luke Brooks to leave.

The halfback is out of contract at the end of the year and has been linked with a move to Leeds Rhinos.

Both of Leeds’ current halfbacks are coming to the ends of their deals and thus there is a degree of uncertainty about the position heading into 2024.

The pair due have plenty of history together playing alongside each other at Canberra Raiders when they finished in the top three of the NRL in 2016.

Both have been Man of Steel nominees during their time in Super League with Warrington Wolves and Huddersfield Giants respectively.

The two did help the Rhinos to the Grand Final in 2022 but Sezer missed it due to concussion protocols.

According to the Mole of Wide World of Sports, the Rhinos are interested in 28 year old Brooks.

Leeds are said to have a look at the halfback who could be said to suit the Super League style of play.

If the Tigers sign Johnson to play seven, this could ultimately see Brooks look elsewhere and make the move to Super League and perhaps to Headingley.

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