Whilst Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors have made moves for 2024, we have seen Warrington Wolves, Hull KR, Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Trinity make transfer moves for the remainder of 2023 as we head into the run in this season.
It has been a frantic last few weeks in terms of immediate signings and remarkably the subject on everyone’s lips, the future of players in 2024, has taken a backwards step. This is because the deadline to get immediate signings over the line is creeping closer in the shape of August 4th.
This is why people have stopped talking about how Daryl Clark is reportedly set to replace James Roby in 2024 because there has been immediacy around who will replace Joey Lussick should St Helens lose him to Parramatta Eels.
But the woes of another set of Saints has played into the hands of the Super League and World Champions.
Shane Flanagan has begun a rebuild at St George Illawarra Dragons that has seen Moses Mbye be allowed to leave the club and join St Helens.
Now Warrington Wolves are also set to benefit from Flanagan’s cut throat approach.
The Wolves have been struggling with injuries in the pack for a while now which has been exacerbated by the loss of Josh McGuire and Thomas Mikaele.
The Wolves now, according to the Daily Telegraph, are set to sign St George Illawarra Dragons forward Zane Musgrove immediately with the prop set to be released immediately.
This comes as the Dragons consider a move for former St Helens star Luke Thompson.
Wigan Warriors have been reportedly interested in Thompson.
The Dragons are certainly targeting a forward with Flanagan telling 2GB on Saturday that he wanted hard-running prop Hame Sele.
“We’re in for Hame Sele, we need to boost our middle forwards and I feel he’s a good player,’’ Flanagan said.
“He’s 26-years-old, he’s originally from the Dragons and we’re in negotiations and hopefully it all comes off.’’
The Dragons have also told young halfback Jayden Sullivan that he can leave the club which also provides an exciting opportunity for Super League clubs in the market for a new halfback.