Whilst clubs like Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors have remained focused on 2024 signings, the likes of Warrington Wolves, Hull KR, Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Trinity have all made their moves to help with the season at hand.
All transfer dealings must take place before August 4th which is the deadline for 2024 signings so Castleford have acted fast lately in order to help their chances of survival making their moves after Hull FC star turned them down in favour of signing for Wakefield Trinity.
The club were also linked with a shock move for former Wigan star and England international George Burgess.
The Tigers were able to secure two immediate signings yesterday when they announced the return of former Leeds youngster and 2017 Grand Final try scorer Alex Foster from Newcastle Thunder as well as Billy Tsikrikas.
This came after they were rumoured to be signing the son of former St Helens, Wigan and Leeds star Kevin Iro, Kayal Iro from Cronulla Sharks.
Iro starred for Cook Islands in the World Cup and is currently plying his trade down under.
Andy Last confirmed that the Tigers were working to finalise the move last week: “An offer has been made and it’s a case of seeing if we can get it across the line. He’s someone I think could help us.
“The process of recruitment and getting players across the line, you identify the player, offer them a deal and they may agree but the other club on the other side of the world have got to agree to it.
“We’re working through a process and hopefully we get positive news. It’s not a done deal yet.”
Then however Iro was named in the Cronulla squad this week as it was reported that the Sharks hadn’t agreed his release.
Now any move would appear to be a non-starter with Tsikrikas taking Castleford’s final quota spot yesterday.
That being said, we have seen Wakefield move to eight quota players this year when they signed David Fifita.
This came with the fact that one of the injured quota players were de-registered and would eventually move in the shape of Jorge Taufua.
The Tigers would have to do the same to sign Iro now.