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Top five Super League signings for the 2024 season

As has now come to be expected, there has been a lot of player movement within Super League ahead of the 2024 season – with all 12 Super League clubs making significant changes to their squads in preparation for another big year.

The transfer merry-go-round in both Super League and the NRL has now become akin to what we see in football, with players now changing clubs more than ever before. And ahead of 2024 we have seen some big transfers, with players arriving from the NRL as well as some major player moves between Super League clubs.

With that in mind and as most clubs now seem to have completed their transfer business early and are heading back into pre-season, we have ranked who we believe are the top five signings (on paper) made by Super League clubs for next season.

5. Daryl Clark (Warrington to St Helens)

England international Daryl Clark will fill the gaping hole left by Super League legend James Roby at St Helens next season. It is an unenviable task, but one Clark is certainly capable of having over 300 first-grade appearances to his name from his spells at Castleford Tigers and Warrington Wolves. The former Steve Prescott Man of Steel has been one of Super League’s most consistent hookers for over a decade, helping Warrington to Challenge Cup success in 2019 and multiple Grand Finals. Clark, 30, seems like the perfect replacement for Roby and will hope he can bring the Super League title back to Saints, while winning the trophy for the first time in his career in the process.

4. Nene Macdonald (Leeds to Salford)

While Salford have lost some big players for next season, the signing of Nene Macdonald is certainly one the Red Devils’ faithful can be excited about. The Papua New Guinea international arrived in the UK in 2022, helping Leigh get promoted, before he was snapped up by Leeds for 2023. During his one season with the Rhinos, Macdonald was arguably the club’s best player and stood out in the majority of his 20 appearances. His departure is one that has been questioned by many Leeds fans, but the Rhinos loss is the Red Devils’ gain and there is no question Macdonald will bring some much-needed strike power from the centres to Salford for the 2024 campaign.

3. Sam Walters (Leeds to Wigan)

Another player leaving Headingley is Sam Walters and much like Macdonald, it’s a departure many Leeds fans are unhappy about. It is with good reason too as 2023 was certainly a standout season for the Widnes-born forward. The 22-year-old man mountain joins Super League champions Wigan and will provide the Warriors devastating-looking pack with more go-forward. Walters is quick for a big man and that, combined with his strength and nimble feet, makes him a nightmare to handle for defenders. Walters has a great career ahead of him and is likely to excel even more at Wigan next season, with Matt Peet building another unstoppable looking squad for the new season.

2. Matt Moylan (Cronulla to Leigh)

This transfer came out of the blue only a week or so ago and took everyone by surprise. Although now 32 and having some injury problems in recent seasons, Matt Moylan is a former Australian international and has previously played State of Origin for New South Wales and featured in NRL All Stars teams. He has a very colourful CV and has almost 200 NRL appearances to his name for Cronulla Sharks and Penrith Panthers. If Leigh can get the best out of Moylan, this could be a masterstroke, with Leopards’ owner Derek Beaumont hoping the playmaker can provide more creativity to a side that shocked everyone last season.

1. Brodie Croft (Salford to Leeds)

Part of a double transfer that also saw Andy Ackers move from Salford to Leeds, the signing of Brodie Croft is the one that has Leeds fans most excited. Lacking the creativity and guile from the halves in recent seasons to make them contenders, Croft joins a long list of new additions but will be the player given the responsible to control things with his expert kicking game and organisation. The 2022 Steve Prescott Man of Steel winner has proved his class in Super League and will undoubtedly provide the Rhinos with more speed, skill and rhythm in attack. Whether that’s enough to fire Rohan Smith’s side into title contention remains to be seen, but his signing, on paper, certainly looks to be a masterstroke from the hierarchy at Headingley.

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