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Super League star set to make big retirement decision after shock development

Often in sport, and especially rugby league, transfers are like dominos.

When one falls, others tend to follow suit.

This is largely the case in Super League as clubs desperately try to bolster their squads whilst also balancing the salary cap.

So when one big decision is made, others tend to follow suit quickly.

On Sunday we were greeted with some shock news.

At the 11th hour, Wigan Warriors had swooped in for hooker Kruise Leeming beating Super League rivals Catalans Dragons to his signature.

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.

Leeming has also represented the England Knights and the Combined Nations All Stars.

On signing for Wigan, Leeming said: “I am absolutely delighted to sign for the Wigan Warriors from next season.

“When I spoke to Matt [Peet] and Kris [Radlinski] their ambition, standards and culture at the Club really resonated with me.”

He added: “I believe my best rugby is ahead of me and when the time comes I will give it everything to help the Club achieve success on the field.”

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 could see McIlorum play on in Perpignan.

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.

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