There are still plenty of big names still looking for a club in 2023 and some Super League clubs still in a position where another signing would be a major boost for the new season.
So, here’s six high profile targets and their most likely destination for 2023 in what would be six big Super League signings for the new year.
Dylan Napa – Leigh Leopards
After completing 10 huge signings, Leigh Leopards owner Derek Beaumont confirmed that the club was still looking to bring in a middle forward and with Dylan Napa leaving Catalans Dragons, a huge opportunity has arisen for the Leopards in the wake of Nene MacDonald’s Leeds Rhinos exit and Blake Ferguson’s departure on compassionate grounds.
Ava Seumanufagai – Salford Red Devils
Unlike in the past when Salford have had success, this time they have kept their best players and have added further quality to their squad. They still have a quota spot open and with former Warrington Wolves prop Sitaleki Akauola leaving, another prop would be a big boost and with the former Leeds Rhinos prop Ava Seumanufagai rumoured to be returning to Super League, the AJ Bell Stadium could be his perfect destination.
Brad Takairangi or Steven Marsters – Catalans Dragons
Both of these outside backs, including former Super League semi-finalist with Hull KR Brad Takairangi, are looking for a new club. Catalans meanwhile need a new centre and signing either of these talent pair to fill that gap would be a master stroke.
Umyla Hanley – Leigh Leopards
If the Leopards use their quota spot on a middle, they may need to sign a British back to fill the void left by MacDonald and Ferguson. Wigan Warriors youngster Umyla Hanley has been training with the club so expect them to confirm his move soon.
Marty Taupau – Catalans Dragons
With the CBA negotiations still ongoing in the NRL people like Marty Taupau and Josh Mansour, who have been linked with Super League moves in the past, could have to turn to the other side of the planet to ensure security as the salary cap remains unconfirmed in the NRL. Taupau would be the perfect signing for the Dragons, who missed out on Ben Murdoch-Masila this week, and would replace Dylan Napa nicely.