May 1st has come and gone and now out-of-contract stars are able to talk and negotiate with other clubs.
That, of course, sends the rumour mill into overdrive with anybody and anyone linked at this time of year. And, though, the transfer market is closed for the time being, clubs will still be able to wheel and deal at the end of the year for 2023.
With Jake Trueman already heading to the MKM Stadium and the likes of Will Smith and Tex Hoy joining, who else may be on Brett Hodgson’s radar going into 2023?
Brad Dwyer – Leeds Rhinos
Hull FC’s Danny Houghton is a stalwart of the club, but there comes a time when you know a career is winding down – and that time is perhaps now for the hooker. As such, Brett Hodgson will be more than likely keeping an eye out for a number 9. Brad Dwyer fits the bill perfectly with his sniping around the ruck being even more effective behind a huge pack as Hull FC’s. Dwyer has arguably been one of Leeds’ most consistent players in recent years, but with new boss Rohan Smith looking to prefer the likes of Corey Johnson, Kruise Leeming and Jarrod O’Connor there, it doesn’t leave the former Warrington man with much hope of game time.
John Asiata – Leigh Centurions
It is well known that Leigh will have to get rid of a number of their overseas stars if they earn promotion to Super League given the quota regulations in the top flight. But, where do they start? John Asiata has been brilliant for the Centurions in the Championship so far this season and is certainly a Super League player. Hull are crying out for a ball-playing forward that can link the forwards to the backs and Asiata does just that for Leigh under Adrian Lam.
Jake Wardle – Huddersfield Giants/Warrington Wolves
With Jake Wardle on loan at Warrington after being on the periphery at Huddersfield, the centre could well be up for grabs at the end of 2022. Though a deal at the Wolves could be likely, who’s to say a big offer from Hull wouldn’t sway things? The Black and Whites have a few ageing centres with the likes of Carlos Tuimavave and Josh Griffin, and, though Connor Wynne and Cameron Scott are very much in Brett Hodgson’s thinking, Wardle is a ready-made candidate.