Every Super League club’s quota spots situation as Leigh Leopards announce Aaron Pene arrival

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Lachlan Lam, Brodie Croft, Bevan French Super League quota spots Alamy

From left to right: Lachlan Lam (Leigh), Brodie Croft (Leeds) and Bevan French (Wigan) in action

Leigh Leopards’ quota spots are now full oncemore having finally announced the arrival of Aussie prop Aaron Pene following his release from NRL outfit Melbourne Storm.

Elsewhere, Hull FC now have a quota spot free after they pulled out of a deal to sign Treigh Stewart having been made aware of an allegation of domestic violence involving the player Down Under.

Castleford Tigers tied down Tex Hoy earlier this week with a two-year contract extension, while Salford Red Devils have also secured the future of Sam Stone until the end of the 2026 season.

As things stand, the Red Devils are still officially over capacity on their quota spots.

Every club is permitted seven overseas players on their quota – with almost all Super League clubs maxed out as things stand as we approach the midway mark in June.

Here’s every club’s situation…

Castleford Tigers – 7

Castleford’s quota spots are currently full, having signed Lebanon international Elie El-Zakhem and Papua New Guinea duo Nixon Putt and Sylvester Namo ahead of the new season. They replaced Albert Vete with Tex Hoy mid-season, and the latter has now penned a two-year contract extension.

Contracted: Jacob Miller (2025), Tex Hoy (2026), Charbel Tasipale (2024, option for 2025), Liam Horne (2026), Elie El-Zakhem (2025), Nixon Putt (2025), Sylvester Namo (2025)

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Catalans Dragons – 7

The Grand Finalists brought in three new signings from the NRL ahead of 2024 in the shape of Tariq Sims, Jayden Nikorima and Bayley Sironen, whilst signing powerhouse prop Chris Satae from Hull FC.

Tonga international Siosiua Taukeiaho was linked with a return to the NRL over the off-season, but the goal-kicking prop ultimately stayed with Catalans.

Contracted: Manu Ma’u (2024), Chris Satae (2025), Matt Ikuvalu (2024), Tariq Sims (2025), Jayden Nikorima (2025), Bayley Sironen (2025), Siosiua Taukeiaho (2024, option for 2025)

Huddersfield Giants – 7

Ian Watson’s side filled their quota spots, having brought in forward Jack Murchie and half-back Adam Clune from the NRL prior to the season getting underway.

However, the Giants will definitely have two quota spots open up for next season, with Cook Islands international Esan Marsters having signed a three-year contract with Salford as of 2025, whilst captain Luke Yates will join Warrington on a two-year deal.

Contracted: Esan Marsters (2024), Kevin Naiqama (2024), Tui Lolohea (2026), Luke Yates (2024), Sebastine Ikahihifo (2025), Jack Murchie (2026), Adam Clune (2026)

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Hull FC – 6

Hull’s quota spots were set to be fully filled with the arrivals of Jed Cartwright & Treigh Stewart, but the latter now won’t be making the move to Super League after FC were made aware of an allegation of domestic violence against him Down Under.

Accordingly, they still have one quota spot free at the moment. Herman Ese’ese, Jayden Okunbor, Franklin Pele and Fa’amanu Brown arrived from the NRL at the start of 2024, though Brown departed after just a few weeks – and Tex Hoy also left to join Castleford Tigers.

Come 2025, a spot will need to be free for John Asiata to arrive, with the Leigh Leopards captain joining the Airlie Birds on a three-year deal.

Contracted: Jayden Okunbor (2025), Herman Ese’ese (2026), Carlos Tuimavave (2024), Ligi Sao (2025), Franklin Pele (2025), Jed Cartwright (2025)

Hull KR – 7

Hull KR made four new overseas signings ahead of the new season in the shape of Peta Hiku, Tyrone May, Jai Whitbread and Kelepi Tanginoa.

Robins boss Willie Peters has already confirmed that hooker Matt Parcell will leave the club upon the expiry of his contract at the end of this season.

Contracted: Sauaso Sue (2025), Tom Opacic (2024), Peta Hiku (2026), Matt Parcell (2024), Kelepi Tanginoa (2026), Tyrone May (2025), Jai Whitbread (2026)

Leeds Rhinos – 7

The Rhinos went big on a heavy recruitment drive ahead of 2024, bringing Lachie Miller, Matt Frawley and Paul Momirovski over from the NRL as well as signing Brodie Croft and Andy Ackers from Salford, all of whom formed a new-look spine in Rohan Smith’s side.

Contracted: Lachie Miller (2026), Sam Lisone (2025), Rhyse Martin (2024), Matt Frawley (2025), Paul Momirovski (2025), Brodie Croft (2026), David Fusitu’a (2024)

Leigh Leopards – 8 (7)

Leigh were full up on quota space for 2024 having signed former Australia international Matt Moylan on a two-year deal ahead of this season.

However, they offloaded Ben Nakubuwai – who is off-contract – to Featherstone Rovers on a loan running until the end of the season, freeing up one of their 2024 spots to pave the way for the signing of Aaron Pene following his release from NRL outfit Melbourne Storm, and his arrival has now been confirmed.

Come the end of the season, it’s also been confirmed that captain John Asiata will be departing for Hull FC, as will prop Tom Amone who heads to Canterbury Bulldogs. Kai O’Donnell’s return to the NRL has been sealed too, joining the North Queensland Cowboys, while Ricky Leutele is off-contract and has been told he won’t be offered a new deal.

Accordingly, there could be major turnover in the Leopards camp this winter.

Contracted: Ricky Leutele (2024), John Asiata (2024), Tom Amone (2024), Edwin Ipape (2025), Kai O’Donnell (2025), Ben Nakubuwai (2024 – Out on loan until end of season at Featherstone), Matt Moylan (2025), Aaron Pene (2026)

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London Broncos – 6

The Broncos have one quota spot remaining this season.

Mike Eccles’ side signed former Hull KR prop Rhys Kennedy and Italy international half-back Jack Campagnolo for 2024. The Broncos also brought in dual-code international Hakim Miloudi, but French players do not count on the quota.

Contracted: Ethan Natoli (2024), Rhys Kennedy (2024), Jarred Bassett (2024), Emmanuel Waine (2024), Dean Parata (2024), Jack Campagnolo (2024)

Salford Red Devils – 8

Having made three new overseas signings during the off-season, bringing in Papua New Guinea international Nene Macdonald and Australian half-back Cade Cust from Wigan as well as Wests Tigers winger David Nofoaluma, Salford saw Ken Sio depart on the eve of the 2024 season on compassionate grounds.

Accordingly, they had filled their quota spots, but the Red Devils signed Loghan Lewis from Canberra Raiders at the end of May, and are now officially over maximum capacity in terms of their spots. However, Nofoaluma is reportedly set to make a swift exit, and could well already have done so without any official announcement being made.

In other news, Sam Stone has been tied down until the end of the 2026 season.

Contracted: Sam Stone (2026), David Nofoaluma (2024), Shane Wright (2026), Tim Lafai (2025), Nene Macdonald (2027), King Vuniyayawa (2025), Cade Cust (2024, option for 2025), Loghan Lewis (2024, option for 2025)

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St Helens – 7

Paul Wellens’ side are full on quota space following the signing of Fiji international Waqa Blake, who joined the club on a one-year deal for 2024.

Contracted: Curtis Sironen (2025), Agnatius Paasi (2025), James Bell (2025), Konrad Hurrell (2024, option for 2025), Sione Mata’utia (2024, option for 2025), Moses Mbye (2025), Waqa Blake (2024)

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Warrington Wolves – 6

The Wolves currently have one quota space available following the release of former New Zealand and Samoa international prop Sam Kasiano back in January.

Sam Burgess’ side brought Lachlan Fitzgibbon and Zane Musgrove over from the NRL as well as Papua New Guinea international centre Rodrick Tai in the off-season.

Contracted: Matt Dufty (2026), Lachlan Fitzgibbon (2026), Paul Vaughan (2025), Josh Drinkwater (2024), Rodrick Tai (2024), Zane Musgrove (2025)

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Wigan Warriors – 7

Wigan’s quota spots are currently full, with Matt Peet’s side signing Australian centre Adam Keighran from Catalans to replace Toby King, who returned to parent club Warrington following his impressive season-long loan in 2023.

The reigning Super League champions aren’t expected to extend the contract of veteran Willie Isa beyond the end of this season, so a quota spot should come free ahead of 2025.

Contracted: Bevan French (2028), Jai Field (2027), Kaide Ellis (2026), Abbas Miski (2027), Adam Keighran (2025), Willie Isa (2024), Patrick Mago (2026, option for 207)

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