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Super League Five players to watch: Miller hoping to hit the ground running

The 2024 Super League season is now nearly upon us, and it will not be long before some of the world's best rugby league players put it all on the line.

Wigan Warriors will be the defending champions after their stunning end to last season under coach Matty Peet.

However, several clubs have made some impressive signings, and we take a look at some of the lesser-known names who could make an impact in the 2024 campaign.

Nixon Putt - Castleford Tigers

Papua New Guinea international Putt will make his Super League debut this season after agreeing to join the Tigers last year.

The 27-year-old has decided to take on the challenge after Craig Lingard's arrival at the club, with Tigers fans hoping their new coach can keep them competitive all season.

Putt has spent all of his career playing for NRL feeder clubs, so a chance to play in Super League will not be lost on him.

He can play as a second-row forward or centre, and his powerful running and aggressive nature should be able to put him on the map in 2024.

Adam Clune - Huddersfield Giants

After a disappointing campaign last year, the Giants moved quickly to secure the services of half-back Clune from NRL side Newcastle Knights.

The 28-year-old played 47 times in the NRL for the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Knights, but he is now looking to build a new home with the Giants.

The Australian will add a touch of class to the Giants halves, and his arrival could be just what Ian Watson needs to get his team into the playoffs and beyond, with the Giants 18/1 to win the Grand Final.

Lachlan Miller - Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos were another club that flattered to deceive in 2023, and coach Rohan Smith has moved to bring in some fresh blood.

Andy Ackers and Brodie Croft are two established Super League names after their time with the Salford Red Devils, but full-back Miller is another who has never played in the European top flight.

The former Newcastle Knight has signed a three-year deal with Leeds, and he should provide them with some much-needed experience at full-back.

Miller is also a former rugby union player, and he competed at the Tokyo Olympics with the Australian rugby sevens team.

His array of skills should stand him in good stead, especially in a Leeds team that has added new players throughout the spin of their squad to try and bolster their title chances.

Smith's team are 15/2 to win the Grand Final, making them the fourth favourites in the antepost market.

Joe Shorrocks - Salford Red Devils

Former Wigan Warriors utility player Shorrocks will get the chance to impress at the AJ Bell Stadium this year, having signed for Salford.

The 24-year-old has played in the shade of some of his team-mates, but he will bring some real flexibility to the Salford squad.

Shorrocks is known for his ability as a ball-playing forward, and with Salford losing the likes of Ackers and Croft, they will need to lean on Shorrocks' skills in the pack.

He helped Wigan win the Grand Final last season, so that experience of winning at the highest level will always be welcomed at any club.

Sam Walters - Wigan Warriors

Walters decided to leave Leeds to join the Super League champions before the end of last season.

The youngster says he is excited by a new challenge, and he will have a point to prove after expressing his frustrations over how his Leeds career came to an end.

Leeds fans were not happy with Walters' exit, and that is usually a good sign for supporters of the club he has just joined. Walters joins an exciting squad at Wigan, and Peet has already proved he can get the best out of the club's youngsters during his first few years at the DW Stadium.

Wigan are 15/8 to win this year's Grand Final as they look to defend their title.

Any odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.

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