A new Super League signing to watch from each club

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The Super League Grand Final takes place annually at Old Trafford

As we head towards the new Super League season, a lot of clubs’ squads are starting to take shape.

Here, we look at a signing each club has made, and why they are ones to watch in 2022.

Castleford- Jake Mamo

As Castleford lost their Head Coach and two players to Warrington ahead of the 2022 season, they got one in themselves from the Wire in the form of Jake Mamo.

Mamo was in good form for Warrington last year. He enjoyed his best try-scoring return of 17 tries in 24 games as the Wire finished third in the Super League. This included a hat-trick at Wigan earlier in the season.

If he can maintain the form he showed in 2021, then he could be a real threat for the Tigers.

Catalans- Mitchell Pearce

As one experienced half-back left the club, another came in. James Maloney retired from the professional game having helped the Dragons to the League Leaders Shield, and their first Super League Grand Final.

Pearce comes in with a wealth of NRL experience to his name, with over 300 appearances in Australia’s Premier competition. He was also part of the Sydney Roosters team that won the Grand Final in 2013.

His experience could prove to be a vital component for the Dragons in 2022, as they aim to go one better in 2022.

Huddersfield- Danny Levi

Levi is one of many new faces Ian Watson has brought through the door at Huddersfield. He has added plenty of Super League experience as well with the likes of Theo Fages, Chris Hill and Nathan Mason also making the move.

The 26-year-old comes in having had over 100 NRL appearances to his name. He has also played for New Zealand and Samoa on the international stage.

He will certainly provide decent cover for Adam O’Brien at hooker.

Hull FC- Kane Evans

A Fiji international, Kane Evans is one of four new faces to arrive at Hull FC. He joins Joe Lovodua, Darnell McIntosh and Luke Gale at the club.

Evans started his NRL career with the Roosters, and has also played for Parramatta and New Zealand Warriors. He has also represented New South Wales and Fiji on the representative stage.

In total, he has 132 NRL appearances, with nine tries. He has also played 13 times for Fiji, and has scored one try, against the USA at the 2017 World Cup.

His experience should serve him well in the Super League.

Hull KR- Lachlan Coote

On the back of winning three straight Super League titles with St Helens, Lachlan Coote arrived at Hull KR seeking a new challenge.

Coote is one of a select group of players to win both the Super League and NRL titles, having already won the NRL title with North Queensland in 2015.

He was a vital part of St Helens’ success over the last few years, scoring 34 tries and kicking 281 goals in 66 games.

Combined with the natural ability of Ryan Hall on the wing, it could be part of a really dangerous back line for the Robins in 2022.

Leeds- Aidan Sezer

Sezer made the move across West Yorkshire from Huddersfield ahead of the 2022 season.

He spent two seasons with Huddersfield, and made 25 appearances for the club, scoring nine tries and 63 goals during that time.

Before then, he had made over 150 appearances in the NRL for Canberra and Gold Coast. In 2019, he helped Canberra reach the Grand Final, which was lost against the Roosters. He held an impressive conversion rate of over 82-per-cent in the NRL.

He will have a fresh start at Leeds, and if he can hit the ground running there, then there is no reason why he cannot be a success.

Salford- Marc Sneyd

Marc Sneyd made the switch back to the club where he started his career ahead of the 2022 season.

Before then, he has spent time at Castleford and Hull FC. At the Black and Whites, he was part of the team that won back-to-back Challenge Cups. He also won the Lance Todd Trophy after both occasions.

On the whole, he has made 256 appearances over the course of his career, scored 33 tries and 811 goals.

That experience will certainly serve Salford well, particularly after the retirement of Kevin Brown in the off-season.

St Helens- Will Hopoate

Hopoate is one of two Tongan internationals to sign for Saints alongside Konrad Hurrell.

He arrives at the club with over 180 NRL appearances to his name. This includes a two-year break he took from the game for religious reasons.

Also, he was part of the Manly team that won the NRL Grand Final in 2011. He has also played for Parramatta and Canterbury.

With the high profile departures of Lachlan Coote and Kevin Naiqama, Hopoate is another big name that will add experience for the Saints.

Toulouse- Lucas Albert

Albert gets another chance to shine in the Super League, having previously played for Catalans between 2015 and 2020. He made 55 appearances for the club, scoring eight tries and kicking 28 goals.

Following his release from the Dragons at the end of 2020, Albert had been playing the French Elite League for Carcassonne.

He has also represented France on the international stage, including at the 2017 World Cup.

If he can return to the form he showed early on at Catalans, there is no reason why he cannot be a success again.

Wakefield- Tom Lineham

Lineham made the move back up to Yorkshire, after spending six years with Warrington.

During his time at Warrington, he made 132 appearances for the club, scoring 81 tries during that time. He also helped them lift the League Leaders Shield in 2016, and the Challenge Cup in 2019.

Before then, he was at Hull FC, where he scored 54 tries in 68 appearances.

If Lineham can get his head down, then there is every chance he will be a successful signing for Wakefield.

Warrington- Oliver Holmes

After spending all of his professional career at Castleford, Holmes followed Daryl Powell to Warrington ahead of the 2022 season.

He has made just under 230 appearances in his professional career, since making his debut for Castleford back in 2010. Also, he has scored 47 tries, with his best return coming in 2018 with nine.

He played a key role in Castleford’s revival under Powell, and will hope to do the same for him again at their new club.

Wigan- Cade Cust

Following the departure of Jackson Hastings, Wigan were on the look out for a new half-back, and found it in the shape of Cade Cust.

Cust arrived from Manly, where he has made 27 appearances for the club. He has also scored nine tries in the process.

Following his signing, he was named as an early favourite with the bookmakers to win the Steve Prescott Man of Steel award.

A lot was made of Wigan’s attack last season, and if Cust can help get the attack where it needs to be, he will be a successful signing.

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5 Comments

  1. I think all in all, Salford will be the team to keep your eyes on this year, if they hit the ground running then it will get better and better

  2. Disappointing that eight of the twelve players are from Down Under originally. As history shows us these signings do not always live up to the hype. It would be good to see more homegrown players being the ones to watch out for.

  3. Jake Mamo will be a good catch for Castleford cant understand why he was let go from Warrington just as he was starting to really get his game together and show his potential

  4. Not Fages for Huddersfield? I know it’s a meaningless list, but he’s a good player. He is reasonably reliable and consistent in attack and is a very solid defender who tackles everyone despite his smaller size. There are probably few half backs in the league who defend as well as Fages. When you see some of the defending from some of the halves in Super League, it’s great to have someone as solid as Fages.

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