The likes of Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves and Hull KR have all completed major signings for 2024.
Hull KR were the quick movers at the start of the year bringing in Oliver Gildart and Peta Hiku from the NRL as well as former Hull FC and Castleford Tigers target AJ Wallace from Bradford Bulls.
Like Hull KR, Warrington have also turned to the NRL beating four other clubs, including Leeds, to the signature of Newcastle Knights backrow Lachlan Fitzgibbon for 2024 and beyond.
Wigan meanwhile have turned to France signing both Adam Keighran and Tiaki Chan from Catalans Dragons alongside Leeds star Sam Walters. They have also signed former Huddersfield Giants and Leeds skipper Kruise Leeming who left the Rhinos earlier thus year.
Thus, the Rhinos could be in the market for a new number nine.
Leeds have been rolling with Jarrod O’Connor and Corey Johnson at nine but have now targeted another former Huddersfield hooker in Danny Levi.
These reports emerged this week and we can confirm the interest from Leeds is true, though there is also another Super League club in the race for the Samoan – Hull FC.
The Airlie Birds are set to lose Brad Dwyer to the Warrington Wolves at the end of the year. Dwyer of course arrived at the MKM Stadium from Leeds after he was left out of the Grand Final squad last year, with O’Connor and Leeming named instead of the livewire.
Dwyer is set to replace Daryl Clark who is expected to sign for St Helens to replace the retiring James Roby in 2024. So, it appears Leeds and Hull FC are set to battle for Levi’s signature for the 2024 season.
“We’re not saying we’re going, but we’re not also saying we’re staying,” his agent Mario Tartak said. “He’s a wanted man overseas.
“He’s been to the Super League before and was very successful in a short time there and there’s a lot of clubs there that need a hooker.
“He is enjoying his time in Canberra, although we’re just weighing up options.”
Naturally these rumours were brought up this week in Leeds boss Rohan Smith’s press conference ahead of their defeat to Hull KR.
When asked about this by Serious About Rugby League, Smith said: “I’m not going to buy into any of the speculation. When or if there’s a signing, we’ll be excited to announce.”
Despite Smith remaining coy on the matter, Serious About Rugby League understands that there is “a high chance” of Leeds completing the move for Levi in the very near future.
The Rhinos are expected to land the number nine despite interest from Hull FC, with the Samoa international keen to sign on the dotted line at Headingley for the 2024 season over any other Super League club.