Super League clubs like Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves, Hull FC, Hull KR and Huddersfield Giants have signed some huge names from the NRL.
But new signings inevitably mean exits as well especially at one particular club. Warrington Wolves could be set for more exits.
At present, Warrington have reached their limit in terms of quota spot players but are still in the market for potential signings. Any from down under would necessitate the departure of a current member of the squad.
Sam Burgess spoke recently about wanting to potentially add to the squad and doing so would likely have to be off set by a key departure. The club have already lost one quota spot player in the shape of Peter Mata’utia who has elected to retire.
The Wolves could yet still look for a centre to replace him having been linked with a move for Morgan Harper, who has now signed for Parramatta Eels, and Justin Olam at Melbourne Storm.
The centre though has also been linked with a move to St Helens in recent weeks who are in need of a replacement for Will Hopoate in 2024 after his contract was not extended.
If the Wolves were to target Olam or another overseas centre, a current player would be forced to leave and that has been rumoured to be prop Sam Kasiano.
Arguably though the Wolves don’t need a centre given the return of Toby King after a loan spell with Wigan Warriors.
The centre joined Wigan after a loan spell at Huddersfield in 2022 and has played in all but one game in 2023, a total of 27 games scoring 11 tries – including a memorable try sealing a win against St Helens in front of 24,275 fans at the DW Stadium on Good Friday.
Chief Executive Kris Radlinski said: “We tried really hard to extend Toby’s stay at Wigan. We had a deal agreed with Warrington in principle but then the salary cap rules changed for 2024 and as such, Toby became a valuable asset to the Wolves being a homegrown talent. It is perfectly within their gift to recall Toby.
“Toby will leave with heritage number #1127 and he will be remembered for having an outstanding season in 2023. Who knows, he may return someday. I would like to thank Warrington for their assistance in making it happen.”
Head Coach Matt Peet said: “Toby has been a pleasure to work with and the players and staff are going to miss him and his family. I’d like to wish him all the best for his future on and off the field.”