There are many who believe Leeds Rhinos could be back to contending for the Super League title alongside the likes of Wigan Warriors and St Helens.
This is because of the calibre of signings Rohan Smith has made for the 2024 season and 20 years on from his Uncle Tony Smith becoming the first coach to guide Leeds to a Super League title in 2004 there are those who believe Leeds could end a seven year wait for the Super League title next year.
When you look at the squad on paper, you can certainly understand the point some Leeds fans are making especially if Leeds make one more signing.
We have taken a look at how Leeds could line up in 2024 and we think they could be in the Old Trafford mix.
Fullback: Lachie Miller
One of the signings Leeds have made that hasn’t received the same kind of excitement as Brodie Croft and Andy Ackers, but Miller could have the biggest impact. He is made for Super League with a terrific skill level but also the pace of Jai Field, Bevan French and Matt Dufty but also great power.
Wingers: David Fusitu’a and Ash Handley
Two of Super League’s best wingers. They both know how to finish off a try with a spectacular finish in the corner and they are both brilliant metre makers at the start of sets which is a vitally important attribute for a modern winger.
Centres: Harry Newman and Paul Momirovski
Harry Newman will be even better next year after his experience for England and will likely have something to prove. If he can stay fully fit, he is a certainty for the Dream Team. As for Momirovski, he brings NRL winning experience, athleticism and a natural ability to seek out a try scoring opportunity.
Halfbacks: Brodie Croft and Matt Frawley
A very nicely balanced halfback pairing. In Brodie Croft, there is an argument to be made that Leeds have the best player in Super League. He is a creative spark and a terrific runner whilst Matt Frawley will give him the platform to express himself.
Props: Mikolaj Oledzki and Tom Holroyd
Mikolaj Oledzki had a low key season by his standards in 2023 after making the Dream Team in 2022. This is likely because he missed pre-season through injury. With a full pre-season in 2024, he will be back to his best and he will be joined by the Rhinos new number 10 Tom Holroyd. A young front row that could be at the club for the next decade.
Hooker: Andy Ackers
One new signing that they have already secured is that of Andy Ackers. The former England international will also provide Croft with the perfect platform and the two already have a great relationship from their time at Salford.
Second-Rowers: James Bentley and Rhyse Martin
Two top notch backrowers capable of doing the hard work but also of being an attacking threat. Leeds have a lot of depth in this area which can only be a good thing.
Loose-Forward: Cameron Smith
Likely to be appointed captain for the new season, Cameron Smith is one of the best loose-forwards in Super League with the perfect blend of physicality and skill.
Unlucky not to be trusted with the number nine shirt, he will likely learn a lot from Andy Ackers and also provide key cover at 13 for Smith.
A terrific impact prop to bring off the bench and take advantage of a tired defence. He could be vital to Leeds’ success in 2024.
A versatile forward who can play virtually anywhere in the pack. He will bring consistency and experience to the Rhinos.
Unlucky not to be starting, he was excellent in 2023 and was one of the best and most underrated signings tackling everything that moved.