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Five biggest off-season moves: Big signings ready to impress in 2023 Super League

With the 2023 Super League season fast approaching, off-season signings are preparing to start the next chapters in their careers with new clubs.

As Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos prepare to kick off the competition on 16th February at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, here’s a look at some of the biggest transfers over the winter.

Jake Connor (Hull FC to Huddersfield Giants)

Having started out his Super League career at Huddersfield Giants, Jake Connor is back in Claret and Gold for the 2023 season.

After enjoying six years at Hull FC, where he managed to win the 2017 Challenge Cup final with victory over Wigan Warriors, playmaker Connor is back in West Yorkshire with the Giants.

The deal was confirmed in October last year and there is plenty of excitement as to what the 28-year-old can bring to Huddersfield.

It was an extremely positive season for the Giants last term, as they finished in third place in the Super League table at the end of the regular campaign.

Suffering a 28-0 defeat to Salford Red Devils in the play-offs, Connor will be looking to help Huddersfield reach the next level this year.

Huddersfield are available at 12/1 to win the Grand Final this season for the first time in their history.

Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity to Catalans Dragons)

A deal that was confirmed in July last year, winger Tom Johnstone is soon set to finally make his competitive debut for new club Catalans Dragons.

A loyal servant to Wakefield Trinity since making his debut in 2015, Johnstone is set to swap West Yorkshire for the south of France in his new surroundings in Perpignan.

Catalans have landed some big signings ahead of the new season and there is growing anticipation that the Dragons could be a real force to be reckoned with.

Scoring 87 tries in 115 appearances for Wakefield, Johnstone knows how to get over the whitewash and should add even more threat for the Catalans' attack in the wide channels.

The Dragons are certainly a team to look out for this season and are 7/1 to get their hands on the Super League trophy at Old Trafford on 14th October.

Siosiua Taukieaho (Sydney Roosters to Catalans Dragons)

Dumped out by Leeds in the play-offs last season, Catalans are looking to come back stronger in 2023.

With Siosiua Taukieaho in their ranks, the Dragons will have a more formidable pack, as the powerful prop makes the switch from the Sydney Roosters.

Helping the Roosters to back-to-back NRL titles in 2018 and 2019, Taukieaho is set for a new challenge in Super League.

With impressive tackle and metres-gained stats, along with a strong offloading game, Taukieaho is likely to be a dangerous weapon for the Dragons this season.

Jake Clifford (Newcastle Knights to Hull FC)

Having attracted a number of clubs in Super League over the years, Jake Clifford is finally set to make an appearance in the northern hemisphere club competition with Hull FC.

Making his NRL debut at the age of 20, the now 25-year-old already has plenty of experience under his belt as he looks for a new challenge with the Airlie Birds.

Hull underwhelmed last season on their way to finishing ninth in the Super League table and the Black & Whites will be desperate for a better campaign in 2023.

Half-back Clifford has the creative spark that should give Hull more about them going forward, while also filling the void left by Connor’s move back to Huddersfield.

Hull are 11/8 for a Top 6 Finish this season at the end of the regular season. 

Josh McGuire (St George Illawarra Dragons to Warrington)

Warrington had a 2022 campaign to forget in Daryl Powell’s first season in charge, as the Wire finished down in 11th place in the table.

Only relegated Toulouse finished below Warrington, who have been fully aware of the need to strengthen their squad over the winter.

Josh McGuire’s arrival should certainly lift the level of the squad at the Halliwell Jones Stadium this season, following his move from St George Illawarra Dragons.

The versatile forward joins the likes of Josh Drinkwater, Gil Dudson, Sam Kasiano, Matty Russell and Paul Vaughan as the new recruits, at a club looking to get back to challenging at the top end of the table.

A fearsome competitor in both attack and defence, McGuire makes the cut as one of the five biggest off-season deals ahead of the new season.

It all kicks off on 16th February, with McGuire’s Warrington at 4/5 to beat last season’s runners-up Leeds, who are 1/1 to claim the win across the Pennines.

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