Leeds Rhinos have got one of the most devastating number nines in the competition in Brad Dwyer.
So, when head coach Rohan Smith revealed that the hooker would not be handed a new deal at Headingley, it raised a few eyebrows in Super League.
A devastating number nine and runner with the ball, Dwyer’s importance to this Leeds outfit was there for all to see against Hull KR last Friday night as he carved the Robins apart around the ruck on numerous occasions.
Then, Saturday morning, Rugby League Live revealed that he would be signing for Hull FC from 2023 onwards to be part of Brett Hodgson’s new-look team after a disappointment 2022.
But, why are Leeds letting him go and why would he choose Hull?
Well, the Rhinos already have Kruise Leeming – the captain and talisman when fit – but Smith looks destined to give Corey Johnson and Jarrod O’Connor a shot at the hooker’s spot also if this season is anything to go by.
Plus, with Leeds’ salary cap fit to burst, some amount of juggling is necessary in order to bring in recruits that Smith wants at the club.
So, with Leeming, Dwyer, Johnson and O’Connor all vying for that number nine role, it is a bit of overkill with Smith appearing willing to back the youngsters at the West Yorkshire club.
Of course, choosing Hull could be a perfect fit for Dwyer, too. With a huge pack that regularly steamrolls teams down the middle, the elusive hooker would have a field day on the back of the likes of Chris Satae and Ligi Sao.
And, with Jordan Johnstone exiting the MKM Stadium at the end of 2022 and Danny Houghton yet to be offered a new deal, that number nine role under Brett Hodgson looks more appetising by the day.
It would also give Dwyer the chance to link up with an exciting spine of Jake Trueman, Tex Hoy and Jake Connor – and Luke Gale and Will Smith if those two stick around in Black and White in 2023.
It’s no surprise that Dwyer has reportedly been chased by a number of clubs, but Hull certainly seems like a match made in heaven.