The 2023 season is getting closer and it’s more exciting than 2007, when the last Queensland-based team (the Gold Coast Titans) entered the NRL. With so many players off-contract and willing to relocate given the current circumstances, the already-established Dolphins have a task at hand when they come into the premiership in 2023 and will need five key signings if they are to be any chance in the National Rugby League.
Wayne Bennett is already confirmed as Dolphins coach as he enters his final years of such an illustrious career. Salary cap issues may see other clubs lose their superstars, therefore I trust in the Dolphins to get their signings away as soon as possible. The players below will be the superstars I suspect and strongly recommend that Bennett will target.
Cameron Munster (Storm): he’ll be one to relocate to his home state first; he has an unbelievable amount of experience – especially in big games – for a young man. I think he is an absolute certainty to be their main playmaker in the four years I would offer in his contract.
Harry Grant (Storm): given his already lethal combination with five-eighth Munster, I strongly suggest Redcliffe sign this explosive young hooker on a three-year deal to shape their dynamic partnership once more.
Keaon Koloamatangi (Souths): it would be a huge loss to the Bunnies losing this aggressive, determined young Tongan backrower, who is longing for a long-term deal. I could imagine it would be a five-year plan to build a destructive forward pack.
Spencer Leniu (Panthers): I thoroughly devote this up-and-coming star from Penrith to any club; Wayne would be licking his lips at the prospect of this damaging young cub clubman who is relentless in defence and has immaculate leadership qualities for his age; he is a must to be signed to a four-year deal.
Nathan Brown (Eels): This forward pack has already got ‘destruction’ written all over it, which is why I confirm this as one of the main key signings for the Dolphins. Given his experience and knowledge of the game he would be instrumental to the club’s success and deserves a deal that will see him into retirement.