Super League star reportedly backflips on retirement decision

We have seen a lot of transfer talk around Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves and Hull KR and in fact they have all confirmed signings for 2024 as have Catalans Dragons bringing in Hull FC prop Chris Satae for next season.

As Hull FC lose Satae, Hull KR will be bringing in Peta Hiku, Oliver Gildart and former Castleford Tigers target and Bradford Bulls star AJ Wallace for next year.

Warrington Wolves have signed a backrower of their own in NRL star Lachlan Fitzgibbon from Newcastle Knights for the 2024 season beating four other clubs to his signature.

Wigan and Leeds meanwhile have plunder Catalans with the Rhinos signing Mickael Goudemand as Wigan bring in Tiaki Chan and Adam Keighran and even beat the Dragons to the signing of former Huddersfield Giants and Leeds star Kruise Leeming.

And missing on Leeming will be a bitter pill to swallow. The hooker had left Super League earlier this year but he will be back soon.

The Warriors announced that Leeming had signed a four-year deal with the club from the 2024 season.

The 27-year-old, who played for six years at Huddersfield Giants between 2013 and 2019, will join from the Gold Coast Titans whom he joined after leaving Leeds in April 2023.

Catalans’ interest in Leeming had raised questions about the future of former Wigan man and Leeds born hooker Michael McIlorum.

The England international was reportedly considering retirement at the end of 2023.

However, according to Treize Mondial in France, Leeming’s decision to go to Wigan prompted McIlorum to consider playing on in Perpignan and as time ticks on McIlorum surely edges closer to a decision.

In fact now reports from L’Independent have suggested that the hooker has backflipped on his initial retirement and will sign an extension with the French club.

Meanwhile, Leeming will be hoping for a similar Wigan stint to what McIlorum enjoyed in the Cherry and White.

He won the double in 2013 alongside plenty of other honours. He looks to be in a strong position to add more honours to his illustrious career with Catalans Dragons riding high at the top of Super League at the current moment.