As the festive season hits, attention turns to pre-season friendlies for Super League and Championship teams as preperation for the 2023 season goes up a level.
There are still a number of clubs who have yet to finish their transfer business for the new campaign though, with the likes of Catalans Dragons and Leigh Leopards very public in stating that they are still in the market for players.
Other teams are also shuffling their squads around still, meaning that we are still far from seeing an end to player movement, including from overseas, where a number of high-profile players still remain available.
In fact, there are 23 NRL players without a club for next season including a number of familiar faces.
Former Hull FC and Hull KR playmaker Albert Kelly is one of those after a two-year spell with the Brisbane Broncos. Kelly is still only 31 and could provide a much-needed spark to a number of teams.
Prop forward Ava Seumanufagai is also on the market after he was released by Canterbury Bulldogs. Seumanufagai had a two-year stint at Leeds Rhinos from 2019-2020 and could be an asset to most team’s forward pack in Super League.
Another player leaving the Bulldogs is Brandon Wakeham. The Fijian playmaker is in his prime years and revealed to Rugby League Live recently that he would be open to Super League after failing to land a deal in the NRL.
Martin Taupau is another big name available. The veteran prop was released by Manly after seven seasons, but despite being 32 he is widely expected to land another deal in Australia with five NRL clubs interested in his services.
A big name that is more likely to move to England is Josh Mansour. Also 32, the former Kangaroo international, who represented Lebanon at the recent World Cup has, has also publicly declared an interest to moving to Super League after his release from South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Among the other players available from the NRL for Super League clubs are experienced forward Matt Lodge, Ireland international Josh Cook and Steven Marsters, who is the brother of new Huddersfield signing Esan.
All 21 NRL players off-contract: