Salford Red Devils may have confirmed their 2023 squad numbers but they are one of three clubs who still has a quota spot to use should they want to bring in a big Australian name.
The Red Devils are in a healthy position and many believe they could finish in the top four in 2023.
They have kept their star players at the club ahead of the new season such as Tim Lafai and Brodie Croft and as aforementioned could make another signing having already added the likes of Sam Stone and Adam Sidlow to their squad.
So, how could they use this quota spot?
A big prop with Super League experience and a Challenge Cup Final after helping Leeds Rhinos defeat Salford in 2020. The big prop was released by Canterbury Bulldogs for 2023 and it was reported he was headed to Super League though nothing has been confirmed. He would be the ideal replacement for former Warrington Wolves man Sitaleki Akauola as he heads to Toulouse Olympique.
A star of Fiji during the Rugby League World Cup and open to a move to Super League, the halfback has also been let go of going into 2023. Looking for a club, he could make Salford a smart signing especially with how reliant they are on Marc Sneyd and Brodie Croft. We saw how strained the Red Devils were in the semi-final against St Helens losing Croft to concussion and Andy Ackers to injury. Having someone like Wakeham could have ensured Chris Atkin could have played at hooker instead of having to play virtually the whole 80 with young Amir Bourouh who is a good hooker of course but probably had his batteries drained during the game.
Save till mid-season
Having a quota spot gives Salford a real weapon going into mid-season. Often at least one top NRL star becomes available during the season and Salford could be one of the only clubs capable of pouncing should this happen which could be a major boost mid-season. They signed Jackson Hastings mid-season in 2018 and are a great place for second chances.