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NRL: Top five signings of the close season so far

With the fixtures confirmed for the 2024 NRL season, it’s time to take a look at the top five signings of the close season so far.

Teams have been busy in the market strengthening their squads and there have been five deals in particular that will have fans excited about the campaign to come.

Stephen Crichton (Canterbury Bulldogs)

Calling time on a tremendously successful spell with reigning champions Penrith Panthers, Stephen Crichton is set for a new chapter in Sydney with the Canterbury Bulldogs.

There was some suggestion Crichton would be moving to the Bulldogs to take up a regular starting role at fullback, however, Blake Taaffe’s arrival from the South Sydney Rabbitohs is likely to see him get the No.1 jersey.

That means Crichton is likely to find himself in the centres where he shone for the Panthers. This is an exciting move for the Bulldogs, who are now 41.00 to win the grand final this season.  

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (New Zealand Warriors)

After a somewhat brief spell in rugby union, flying winger Roger Tuivasa-Sheck returns to the 13-man code and will be back in the colours of the New Zealand Warriors next season.

Putting pen to paper on a three-year deal, the Warriors have landed a winger who used to be one of the most feared finishers in the NRL.

Having only turned 30 this year, Tuivasa-Sheck still has plenty of seasons ahead of him and will be hoping to help the Warriors build on what was a strong campaign in 2023. The Warriors are 19.00 to win the grand final next year.

Jack Wighton (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

In one of the most talked about deals for some time, Jack Wighton has decided to leave the Canberra Raiders to make the switch to the Rabbitohs.

Once the talisman for the Raiders in the capital, Wighton believes he has a better shot at a title with the Rabbitohs as he gets set to turn 31 in February next year.

The Rabbitohs are 9.50 to win the grand final next season, while his former club Canberra are rated 51.00 shots.

Dominic Young (Sydney Rooster)

The rising star of the England national side, there will be plenty of Super League interest on how winger Dominic Young gets on at the Sydney Roosters.

Young will face competition for one of the two starting roles, with head coach Trent Robinson also having Daniel Tupou and Joseph Suaalii at his disposal.

With electric place and a great eye for the try line, Young is bound to have an impact at the Roosters, who are 10.00 for grand final glory.

Herbie Farnworth (Dolphins)

One of the best centres in the NRL, Herbie Farnworth’s move from the Brisbane Broncos is a real coup for the Dolphins.

Named in the Dally M Team of the Year for 2023, Farnworth will leave a massive void in the Broncos backline and it’s something Brisbane have had to address.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins supporters will be delighted to have Farnworth on board, with their side now at 51.00 to cause an upset and be crowned champions next season.

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