Shock Super League club beats rivals to major NRL signing

Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Hull FC and other clubs are in the market for halfbacks such is the importance of the role in a modern Super League side.

Hull FC need a halfback who can replace star player Jake Clifford after his return to North Queensland Cowboys was confirmed earlier this year.

Wigan Warriors meanwhile have seen Cade Cust move to stand-off with Bevan French forced to play six.

Cust is out of contract at the end of the year.

Leeds meanwhile have seen Blake Austin join Castleford Tigers with immediate effect whilst Aidan Sezer is joining Wests Tigers.

So Adam Clune seemed like an obvious target for all three with reports suggesting Hull FC and Leeds were leading the way.

However, despite reported interest from Hull FC and Leeds Rhinos, it is the Giants who have swooped in and signed Newcastle Knights halfback Adam Clune for the 2024 campaign.

This move has been confirmed by The Mole of Wide World of Sports.

The Giants are set to lose Theo Fages to Catalans Dragons. The former Salford Red Devils and St Helens star joined the club ahead of 2022 but has struggled through injuries during his career at the John Smith’s Stadium.

He is now set to return to France to play for Catalans Dragons and replace the departing Mitchell Pearce and Tyrone May ahead of the 2024 season.

Hull FC were the club who had led the way initially and recently that interest was confirmed by Newcastle Herald reporter Barry Toohey.

“I think there is interest. Hull are keen on Adam Clune and that is the talk. Whether he is prepared to go to England, I’m not 100% sure and there is talk that he is not,” Toohey said on the Toohey’s News podcast.

“I know the Knights haven’t discarded signing Adam Clune for next season. I’m not sure how far Hull are down the track with Clune or even if they are down the track with Clune going to England.

“I think he would be very good over there, he has played the last few NSW Cup games and he has played very well. I would try and keep him.”

After his most recent display for Newcastle Knights, coach Adam O’Brien was certainly impressed:

“Yeah, I think that’s what Jackson’s done really well this year is allowed, you know, this bloke and Tyson Gamble and Bradman Best, allowed them to be the best versions of themselves and then to lose your half back, you know, you’re not just losing a half back, you’re worried that it’s going to affect the rest of these guys; but Adam was exceptional, ran the team all week and he’s been doing it a long time in the New South Wales Cup.

“It’s been a tough year back there in the cup for him but he just doesn’t drop his lip, he gets on with it and he was the right man for the him but he just doesn’t drop his lip, he gets on with it and he was the right man for the job for us.”