Castleford Tigers – Danny Richardson
Showcasing real talent, Danny Richardson made a fantastic impression in the ‘Red V’ at St. Helens. Who could forget that famous penalty goal against Warrington to snatch the two points at the death?
After losing Luke Gale to rivals Leeds, Castleford needed to find a new strike partner for Jake Trueman. Both players are quick, clever and deadly with the ball-in-hand. It is certainly going to be a partnership to look out for.
Catalans Dragons – James Maloney
NRL Veteran James Maloney has joined the Catalans Dragons and it is, without any doubt, a superb signing. Age mightn’t be on his side, but a player of that calibre, experience and success within the ranks can only be a positive for the other players in the squad.
Huddersfield Giants – Kenny Edwards
Kenny Edwards will certainly add some firepower into the Huddersfield pack. A pacey, strong, experienced forward was what the Giants needed – someone to do ‘the dirty work’.
Edwards is only on loan from the Catalans Dragons, so will want to make a good impression to secure a permanent deal with the Giants or earn himself a squad number at his parent club.
Hull FC – Manu Ma’u
Hull FC have been extremely busy in the off-season, so to pick one player was difficult. We’ll settle with Manu Ma’u. Everybody knows that Hull FC have the brains and skill in Sneyd and Connor, but to add a formidable forward like Ma’u into the pack will help the forwards roll downfield. A Ma’u run followed by Connor off-the-cuff and Sneyd off the script, you can only imagine the backs will flourish thanks to Ma’u.
Hull KR – Ryan Brierley
Brought in to fill the boots of Super League legend Danny McGuire, Ryan Brierley has a mammoth task on his hands to replicate the same form.
If he can find the form he was in at Leigh a few short years ago, no doubt he could be a real coup for Hull Kingston Rovers.
Leeds Rhinos – Luke Gale
Signing from rivals Castleford, Leeds will be hoping Luke Gale can stay fit and help push their attempt to climb back to the right end of the league table. Partnering up with Rob Lui could provide a real good balance between flair and structure, something that perhaps the Rhinos have lacked since the legendary Burrow and McGuire left the club. If he stays fit, Gale will be a fantastic acquisition.
Salford Red Devils – Dan Sarginson
Sarginson has joined the Red Devils from Wigan. Sarginson scored 10 tries in 46 appearances for Wigan over 2018-19, but if he can replicate the form he found himself in before going to play for the Gold Coast Titans, he’ll be a formidable utility back for Ian Watson.
St. Helens – Kristian Woolf
A different one, but one that is just as important as any player transfer would be for any team. Kristian Woolf is hoping to build on and improve what Holbrook started with the Saints. As he showcased with Tonga, Woolf is a coach who knows how to get his teams organised and playing rugby capable of beating any team on any given day. Beating GB Lions and Australia is something that the people of Tonga will never forget and write him in Tongan folklore. One can only imagine what this Saints side could achieve with him at the helm.
Toronto Wolfpack – Sonny Bill Williams
An obvious choice, Sonny Bill speaks for himself. The pedigree he has in both codes and his services to rugby league made this an obvious choice. To have someone of his calibre in Super League is fantastic.
Wakefield Trinity – Ryan Atkins
Making a return to the Wildcats, Ryan Atkins is an experienced centre who has represented England on eight separate occasions. Despite being 34, Atkins will bring some serious firepower out wide. Wakefield’s strong pack has been crying out to have some pressure relieved out wide, and Atkins will help that. Atkins has always got tries in him, which is evident after scoring 165 tries in 272 appearances over a nine-year period at Warrington.
Warrington Wolves – Matty Ashton
This may be a surprising choice considering the incoming of Anthony Gelling and Gareth Widdop, but Matty Ashton is someone with less pedigree and is not someone that defences are used to dealing with. He’s quick, agile and a brilliant try-scorer as he displayed at Swinton last year. Under Price’s guidance, there is no doubt that Ashton will flourish at Warrington.
Wigan Warriors – Jackson Hastings
Wigan have pulling power, no doubt about that. To snatch Jackson Hastings from Salford Red Devils is a real coup for Adrian Lam’s side. The 2019 Man of Steel will add another dimension to an already organised, drilled team. He will provide the flair that potentially could have been missing after George William’s departure to the NRL. No doubt, Hastings will thrive at Wigan.