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The top five Super League confirmed transfers for 2025 so far

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Transfer activity is heating up after a relatively quiet start to the Super League window. The Super League picture for 2025 is taking shape, as more and more deals are announced, with some huge names already signed up for next season. 

Whilst some of Super League’s biggest names are yet to show their hands in the market, clubs such as Wigan Warriors, St Helens and Warrington Wolves will be working hard behind the scenes to build squads capable of competing for Super League’s biggest prize. The rumour mill into overdrive in recent days with the reported availability of several NRL stars.

With this in mind, we look at the five biggest deals completed so far, in anticipation of more massive transfers to come.

John Asiata – Leigh Leopards to Hull FC

Leigh Leopards captain John Asiata

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John Asiata’s transfer to Hull FC is not only huge for its implications on the field. It is also arguably the most controversial deal to be completed so far. Asiata’s move to FC was announced at the beginning of May and sent shockwaves through Super League. He became the first signing announced by Hull’s Director of Rugby, Richie Myler.

In the fallout from the move, Leigh Leopards owner, Derek Beaumont claimed he was left staggered by the deal, and dismissed FC’s behaviour as desperate. Asiata issued an apology to Leigh fans in the aftermath for the way that the move was communicated.

All of the controversy surrounding the deal threatened to overshadow what could be a brilliant piece of business for the Black and Whites. Asiata has been a talisman for the Leopards during his time with the club. He was instrumental in their promotion from the Championship, and their highly successful first season back in Super League. He was a crucial part of the side which finished in the top four and lifted the Challenge Cup in 2023.

If he can have a similar impact in 2025 for Hull, then their fans will be very happy.

Esan Marsters – Huddersfield Giants to Salford Red Devils

Esan Marsters Super League

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Marsters’ transfer to Salford Red Devils is hot off the press, but one which will have huge consequences. Marsters has been one of Huddersfield Giants’ best players this season, having registered four tries and five assists in his 11 Super League appearances this season.

Marsters ranks second in the Super League for meters made, with 1,808 in his 11 games. He has the fourth most tackle busts with 71 and is in the top 10 for carries and offloads. Salford are the team Huddersfield need to catch to earn a place in the end of season play-offs. Therefore, losing such a key player to their near rivals represents a huge blow.

Salford already have one of the best centre partnerships, in Nene MacDonald and Tim Lafai. However, Lafai’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season and it will be interesting to see what implication the Marsters move has on his future.

Whilst the Marsters deal is huge in it’s own right, the knock-on impact may make it even bigger.

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves – Sydney Roosters to Hull KR

Hull KR

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According to an old adage, a week is a long time in politics, and this saying is equally relevant in sport. Therefore, it is natural that the three months which have passed since Hull KR announced the signing of Jared Waerea-Hargreaves feels like a lifetime ago. However, that does not diminish the size of the coup which the Robins have achieved with this deal.

Waerea-Hargreaves is a giant of the modern game. The giant prop has had a glittering NRL career, winning three NRL titles and three World Club Challenge titles. He has played 307 NRL games, scoring 16 tries. His career started with the Manly Sea Eagles, before a move to the Sydney Roosters sparked a 14 year love affair.

Although he is 35 years of age, Waerea-Hargreaves is still at the top of his game, and a regular in the Roosters side, having made nine appearances so far this season. In a recent interview, former Super League legend, Matt Adamson, claimed that KR had already sealed the signing of the season with Waerea-Hargreaves.

The Robins are building a great squad for 2025 and Waerea-Hargreaves may be the icing on the cake.

Tom Johnstone – Catalans Dragons to Wakefield Trinity

Tom Johnstone Catalans Dragons

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Although they are not currently in Super League, Wakefield Trinity can stake a claim for having completed some of the best business ahead of the 2025, as they look to seal a return from the Championship.

Signing current England International, Mike McMeeken, from Catalans Dragons would stake a claim for inclusion on this list, were it not for the deal to bring Tom Johnstone back to Wakefield for 2025. England International, Johnstone, is one of the most prolific try scorers in Super League, having bagged 113 career tries in 143 appearances. He was the competition’s leading try scorer int he 2023 season and was a crucial part of the Dragons side which made the Grand Final last year.

Johnstone has a long association with Wakefield, having come through the ranks at Belle Vue.  He played 115 times for Wakefield, having made his debut in 2015, before leaving for the South of France. Wakefield have ambitions of breaking into the top half of Super League. If they continue to bring in players of Johnstone’s calibre, they have a good chance of doing so.

Ryan Hall – Hull KR to Leeds Rhinos

Ryan Hall Super League

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Leeds Rhinos fans of a certain vintage could be forgiven for becoming slightly misty eyed when the news was announced that Ryan Hall would be returning to the club for 2025. The former Rhinos man spent some of the best years with the club, having come through the academy system at Leeds, and was a key part of their Golden Generation.

However, despite the clear sentimental angle behind the move, it is a transfer driven by more than nostalgia. Ryan Hall remains one of the best wingers in Super League and has been a key element of Hull KR’s success in recent years. He has made 11 appearances for the Robins this season, scoring six tries. He has made the fifth most metres in Super League this season, with 1555 in his 11 appearances, and has the fourth most carries in the league with 210.

Leeds have struggled with making metres away from their own line, so Hall will add something in this department. He also brings valuable experience and leadership qualities to a Leeds side which appears to lack this at crucial moments.

Hall’s move back to Leeds may be one of the rare transfers where both heart and head can are satisfied.

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