NRL signings 2023: Dogs nab Broncos’ teen sensation

Young gun Karl Oloapu has been released by the Broncos to join the Bulldogs. Check out your club’s up-to-date squad, gains and losses as 2023 kick-off approaches.

Talented teen Karl Oloapu will make an immediate move to Belmore on a four-year deal, ending an stand-off with the Broncos. The 18-year-old has been flagged as one of the best young talents in the country.

The Bulldogs are bolstering their squad, re-signing superstar five-eighth Matt Burton to a huge five-year deal and Stephen Crichton on a four-year deal from 2024.

Crichton has made his intentions of playing fullback known, potentially filling a hole for the Dogs.

In other news, John Bateman will be back in the NRL next season after signing a four-year deal with Wests Tigers.

Bateman played 34 games for the Raiders, including Canberra’s 2019 grand final appearance, before spending the past two seasons at Wigan.

The Rabbitohs have locked in star trio Latrell Mitchell, Cody Walker and Damien Cook. Cook will be at the club until at least 2024, Mitchell until 2027, and Cody Walker until at least 2025.

Parramatta five-eighth Dylan Brown committed to the Eels long-term, signing a deal which will see him stay in blue and gold until at least 2025, with an option in his favour every year beyond that until 2031.

All 17 NRL clubs are filling out their top 30 rosters for 2023. They are able to add players until the first week of March. With CBA talks between the NRL and the RLPA breaking down, there is likely to be plenty of movement remaining before season kick-off on March 2nd.

Brisbane Broncos 2023 squad

Reece Walsh from the Warriors is the club’s big-name signing and expected to slot in at fullback. They also nabbed prop Martin Taupau on a one-year deal. Kevin Walters has a task on his hands to stop his team from fading out at the back-end of the year.

Squad: Adam Reynolds, Billy Walters, Blake Mozer, Brendan Piakura, Corey Jensen, Corey Oates, Cory Paix, Deine Mariner, Delouise Hoeter, Ethan Quai-Ward, Ezra Mam, Herbie Farnworth, Jesse Arthars, Jock Madden, Jordan Pereira, Jordan Riki, Keenan Palasia, Kobe Hetherington, Kotoni Staggs, Kurt Capewell, Logan Bayliss-Brow, Martin Taupau, Patrick Carrigan, Payne Haas, Reece Walsh, Selwyn Cobbo, Teui Robati, Thomas Flegler, Xavier Willison. Players: 28

Coach: Kevin Walters

2023 gains

Jesse Arthars (loan), Jock Madden (Tigers), Reece Walsh (Warriors)

2023 losses

Tyson Gamble (Knights), Zac Hosking (Panthers), Ryan James (retired), Brenko Lee (Dolphins), Te Maire Martin (Warriors), David Mead (retired), Jake Turpin (Roosters)

Canberra Raiders 2023 squad

Several beloved Green Machine players depart in 2023, including fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, though that paves the way for young talent Xavier Savage to cement his spot.

Squad: Adrian Trevilyan, Albert Hopoate, Ata Mariota, Brad Schneider, Clay Webb, Corey Harawira-Naera, Corey Horsburgh, Elliott Whitehead, Emre Guler, Harley Smith-Shields, Hudson Young, Jack Wighton, Jamal Fogarty, James Schiller, Jarrod Croker, Jordan Rapana, Joseph Tapine, Josh Papalii, Matt Frawley, Matthew Timoko, Nick Cotric, Peter Hola, Sebastian Kris, Semi Valemei, Tom Starling, Trey Mooney, Xavier Savage, Zac Woolford. Players: 28

Coach: Ricky Stuart

2023 gains

Pasami Saulo (Knights)

2023 losses

Adam Elliott (Knights), Josh Hodgson (Eels), Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (Warriors), Ryan Sutton (Bulldogs)

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 2023 squad

Incoming coach Cameron Ciraldo will have plenty of positional decisions to make over the off-season after another big year of player movement at the Dogs. Hooker Reed Mahoney will be a very welcome addition. A new captain will also have to be named following Josh Jackson’s surprise retirement.

Squad: Andrew Davey, Bailey Biondi-Odo, Braidon Burns, Brandon Clarke, Chris Patolo, Corey Waddell, Declan Casey, Fa’amanu Brown, Franklin Pele, Hayze Perham, Jackson Topine, Jacob Kiraz, Jacob Preston, Jake Averillo, Jayden Okunbor, Jeral Skelton, Josh Addo-Carr, Karl Oloapu, Kyle Flanagan, Luke Thompson, Matt Burton, Max King, Paul Alamoti, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Reed Mahoney, Ryan Sutton, Samuel Hughes, Tevita Pangai Jr, Viliame Kikau. Players: 29

Coach: Cameron Ciraldo

2023 gains

Andrew Davey (Sea Eagles), Viliame Kikau (Panthers), Reed Mahoney (Eels), Franklin Pele (Sharks), Hayze Perham (Eels), Ryan Sutton (Raiders)

2023 losses

Corey Allan (Roosters), Matt Dufty (Warrington), Jack Hetherington (Knights), Josh Jackson (retired), Jeremy Marshall-King (Dolphins), Aaron Schoupp (Titans), Ava Seumanufagai (released), Joe Stimson (Titans), Paul Vaughan (Warrington)

Cronulla Sharks 2023 squad

Besides a couple of retirees, the Sharks have done well to keep the nucleus of their high-performing 2022 side. Oregon Kaufusi should do a good job covering for Andrew Fifita and Aiden Tolman in the pack.

Squad: Blayke Brailey, Braden Hamlin-Uele, Braydon Trindall, Briton Nikora, Cameron McInnes, Connor Tracey, Dale Finucane, Jack Williams, Jayden Berrell, Jesse Colquhoun, Jesse Ramien, Kade Dykes, Lachlan Miller, Matt Ikuvalu, Matthew Moylan, Mawene Hiroti, Nicho Hynes, Oregon Kaufusi, Ronaldo Mulitalo, Royce Hunt, Sione Katoa, Siosifa Talakai, Siteni Taukamo, Teig Wilton, Thomas Hazelton, Toby Rudolf, Wade Graham, William Kennedy. Players: 28

Coach: Craig Fitzgibbon

2023 gains

Oregon Kaufusi (Eels)

2023 losses

Andrew Fifita (retired), Luke Metcalf (Warriors), Aiden Tolman (retired)

The Dolphins 2023 squad

Wayne Bennett still has a few holes to fill in his roster after missing out on a few of his favoured men.

Squad: Anthony Milford, Brenko Lee, Connelly Lemuelu, Edrick Lee, Euan Aitken, Felise Kaufusi, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, Herman Ese’ese, Isaiya Katoa, Jamayne Isaako, Jarrod Wallace, Jeremy Marshall-King, Jesse Bromwich, JJ Collins, Kenny Bromwich, Kodi Nikorima, Mark Nicholls, Mason Teague, Oliver Gildart, Poasa Faamausili, Ray Stone, Robert Jennings, Sean O’Sullivan, Tom Gilbert, Valynce Te Whare. Players: 25

Coach: Wayne Bennett

Gold Coast Titans 2023 squad

Kieran Foran is the most high-profile signing by the club, and his experience could be what coach Justin Holbrook needs to steady his underperforming side.

Squad: Aaron Schoupp, AJ Brimson, Alofiana Khan-Pereira, Beau Fermor, Brian Kelly, Chris Randall, David Fifita, Erin Clark, Isaac Liu, Iszac Fa‘asuamaleaui, Jacob Alick, Jaimin Jolliffe, Jayden Campbell, Joe Stimson, Jojo Fifita, Jo Vuna, Kieran Foran, Klese Haas, Moeaki Fotuaika, Patrick Herbert, Paul Turner, Phillip Sami, Sam McIntyre, Sam Verrills, Tanah Boyd, Thomas Weaver, Tino Fa’asuamaleaui, Toby Sexton. Players: 28

Coach: Justin Holbrook

2023 gains

Kieran Foran (Sea Eagles), Chris Randall (Knights), Aaron Schoupp (Bulldogs), Joe Stimson (Bulldogs), Sam Verrills (Roosters)

2023 losses

Jamayne Isaako (Dolphins), Herman Ese‘ese (Dolphins), Sam Lisone (Leeds), Greg Marzhew (Knights), Corey Thompson (retirement), Jarrod Wallace (Dolphins)

Manly Sea Eagles 2023 squad

It’s been a summer of discontent so far for the Sea Eagles but they are confident Tom Trbojevic will recover from a hamstring injury in time for round one. Five-eighth is their biggest question mark, but they have recruited Cooper Johns from the Storm.

Squad: Alec Tuitavake, Ben Condon, Ben Trbojevic, Brad Parker, Christian Tuipulotu, Daly Cherry-Evans, Ethan Bullemor, Haumole Olakau’atu, Jake Trbojevic, Jason Saab, Josh Aloiai, Josh Schuster, Kaeo Weekes, Karl Lawton,Kelma Tuilagi, Lachlan Croker, Latu Fainu, Morgan Boyle, Morgan Harper, Raymond Tuaimalo Vaega, Reuben Garrick, Samuela Fainu, Sean Keppie, Taniela Paseka, Toafofoa Sipley, Tolutau Koula, Tom Trbojevic, Viliami Fifita, Zac Fulton. Players: 28

Coach: Anthony Seibold

2023 gains

Ben Condon (Cowboys), Cooper Johns (Storm), Nathaniel Roache (Eels), Kelma Tuilagi (Wests Tigers)

2023 losses

Andrew Davey (Bulldogs), Kieran Foran (Titans), Martin Taupau (unsigned), Dylan Walker (Warriors)

Melbourne Storm 2023 squad

It will be a different looking Storm team in 2023 without club stalwarts the Bromwich brothers, Felise Kaufusi and Brandon Smith. But Craig Bellamy has never met a problem he can’t fix thus far in his career, so don’t count them out.

Squad: Aaron Pene, Alec MacDonald, Cameron Munster, Christian Welch, Dean Ieremia, Eliesa Katoa, George Jennings, Harry Grant, Jahrome Hughes, Jayden Nikorima, Joe Chan, Jonah Pezet, Jordan Grant, Josh King, Justin Olam, Marion Seve, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Nick Meaney, Reimis Smith, Ryan Papenhuyzen, Tariq Sims, Tepai Moeroa, Tom Eisenhuth, Trent Loiero, Tui Kamikamica, Tyran Wishart, William Warbrick, Xavier Coates. Players: 28

Coach: Craig Bellamy

2023 gains

Joe Chan (Catalans), Eliesa Katoa (Warriors), Aaron Pene (Warriors), Tariq Sims (Dragons)

2023 losses

Jesse Bromwich (Dolphins), Kenny Bromwich (Dolphins), Cooper Johns (Sea Eagles), Felise Kaufusi (Dolphins), David Nofoaluma (loan), Brandon Smith (Roosters)

Newcastle Knights 2023 squad

The loss of David Klemmer and Mitch Barnett will certainly take away some punch from the Knights side, but recruits Adam Elliott and Jack Hetherington offset some of that.

Squad: Adam Elliott, Adam Clune, Bailey Hodgson, Bradman Best, Brodie Jones, Chris Vea’ila, Dane Gagai, Daniel Saifiti, Dominic Young, Dylan Lucas, Enari Tuala, Greg Marzhew, Hymel Hunt, Jack Johns, Jacob Saifiti, Jack Hetherington, Jackson Hastings, Jayden Brailey, Kalyn Ponga, Krystian Mapapalangi, Kurt Mann, Lachlan Fitzgibbon, Leo Thompson, Mat Croker, Phoenix Crossland, Simi Sasagi, Tyson Gamble, Tyson Frizell. Players: 28

Coach: Adam O’Brien

2023 gains

Adam Elliott (Raiders), Tyson Gamble (Broncos), Jackson Hastings (Tigers), Jack Hetherington (Bulldogs), Greg Marzhew (Titans)

2023 losses

Mitchell Barnett (Warriors), Jake Clifford (Hull FC), Tex Hoy (Hull FC), David Klemmer (Wests Tigers), Edrick Lee (Dolphins), Anthony Milford (Dolphins), Jirah Momoisea (Eels), Chris Randall (Titans), Pasami Saulo (Raiders), Sauaso Sue (Hull KR)

North Queensland Cowboys 2023 squad

Todd Payten has done well to keep the bulk of his squad together after an excellent 2022 season. They’ll be hoping the only way is up.

Squad: Ben Hampton, Brendan Elliot, Chad Townsend, Coen Hess, Gehamat Shibasaki, Griffin Neame, Heilum Luki, Jack Gosiewski, Jake Bourke, Jake Granville, Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, James Tamou, Jason Taumalolo, Jeremiah Nanai, Jordan McLean, Jordan Lipp, Kyle Feldt, Laitia Moceidreke, Luciano Leilua, Mitch Dunn, Murray Taulagi, Peta Hiku, Reece Robson, Reuben Cotter, Riley Price, Scott Drinkwater, Taniela Sadrugu, Tom Dearden, Tom Chester, Valentine Holmes. Players: 30

Coach: Todd Payten

2023 gains

Jack Gosiewski (Dragons), Gehamat Shibasaki (Mackay Cutters), James Tamou (Wests Tigers)

2023 losses

Ben Condon (Sea Eagles), Tom Gilbert (Dolphins), Connelly Lemuelu (Dolphins), Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (Dolphins)

Parramatta Eels 2023 squad

You can’t help but think Josh Hodgson’s knee will go a big way into determining how the Eels go in 2023. Fully fit, they’re in a good position to make another golden run to the grand final.

Squad: Bailey Simonsson, Bryce Cartwright, Clint Gutherson, Dylan Brown, Haze Dunster, Jack Murchie, Jakob Arthur, Jirah Momoisea, J’maine Hopgood, Josh Hodgson, Junior Paulo, Ky Rodwell, Maika Sivo, Makahesi Makatoa, Matt Doorey, Mitchell Moses, Mitch Rein, Nathan Brown, Ofahiki Ogden, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Ryan Matterson, Samuel Loizou, Sean Russell, Shaun Lane, Waqa Blake, Will Penisini, Wiremu Greig. Players: 27

Coach: Brad Arthur

2023 gains

Matt Doorey (Bulldogs), Josh Hodgson (Raiders), J‘maine Hopgood (Panthers), Jirah Momoisea (Knights), Jack Murchie (Warriors)

2023 losses

David Hollis (released), Oregon Kaufusi (Sharks), Reed Mahoney (Bulldogs), Marata Niukore (Warriors), Tom Opacic (Hull KR), Isaiah Papali‘i (Wests Tigers), Hayze Perham (Bulldogs), Ray Stone (Dolphins)

Penrith Panthers 2023 squad

As premiership-winning squads eventually have to do, the Panthers have shed key players Viliame Kikau and Api Koroisau leading into 2023. Regardless, they still have the makings of a dominant team.

Squad: Brian To’o, Chris Smith, Dylan Edwards, Eddie Blacker, Isaah Yeo, Izack Tago, Jack Cogger, Jaeman Salmon, James Fisher-Harris, Jarome Luai, Liam Martin, Lindsay Smith, Luke Garner, Matt Eisenhuth, Mitch Kenny, Moses Leota, Nathan Cleary, Scott Sorensen, Soni Luke, Spencer Leniu, Stephen Crichton, Sunia Turuva, Taylan May, Tom Jenkins, Tyrone Peachey, Zac Hosking. Players: 26

Coach: Ivan Cleary

2023 gains

Jack Cogger (Huddersfield), Luke Garner (Wests Tigers), Zac Hosking (Broncos), Tyrone Peachey (Wests Tigers)

2023 losses

J‘maine Hopgood (Eels), Robert Jennings (Dolphins), Isaiya Katoa (Dolphins), Viliame Kikau (Bulldogs), Api Koroisau (Wests Tigers), Charlie Staines (Wests Tigers), Sean O’Sullivan (Dolphins)

South Sydney Rabbitohs 2023 squad

Providing they can stay injury-free, there is no doubt the Rabbitohs are settled and ready to fire in 2023.

Squad: Alex Johnston, Ben Lovett, Blake Taaffe, Cameron Murray, Campbell Graham, Cody Walker, Damien Cook, Daniel Suluka-Fifita, Davvy Moale, Dean Hawkins, Hame Sele, Isaiah Taas, Izaac Thompson, Jacob Host, Jai Arrow, Jed Cartwright, Josiah Karapani, Keaon Koloamatangi, Lachlan Ilias, Latrell Mitchell, Leon Te Hau, Liam Knight, Michael Chee Kam, Peter Mamouzelos, Siliva Havili, Taane Milne, Terrell Kalo Kalo, Tevita Tatola, Thomas Burgess. Players: 29

Coach: Jason Demetriou

2023 gains


2023 losses

Mark Nicholls (Dolphins), Kodi Nikorima (Dolphins), Jaxson Paulo (Roosters)

St George Illawarra Dragons 2023 squad

The Dragons have a little bit more work to in the player market to round out their squad. Re-signing Ben Hunt was a massive coup for the club.

Squad: Aaron Woods, Ben Hunt, Billy Burns, Blake Lawrie, Cody Ramsey, Francis Molo, Jack de Belin, Jack Bird, Jacob Liddle, Jaiyden Hunt, Jayden Sullivan, Jaydn Su’A, Josh Kerr, Mathew Feagai, Max Feagai, Michael Molo, Mikaele Ravalawa, Moses Mbye, Moses Suli, Nick Lui Toso, Talatau Amone, Tautau Moga, Tyrell Fuimaono, Tyrell Sloan, Zac Lomax, Zane Musgrove. Players: 26

Coach: Anthony Griffin

2023 gains

Jacob Liddle (Wests Tigers), Nick Lui Toso (Northern Pride), Zane Musgrove (Wests Tigers)

2023 losses

George Burgess (retired), Poasa Faamausili (Dolphins), Jackson Ford (Warriors), Jack Gosiewski (Cowboys), Andrew McCullough (retired)

Sydney Roosters 2023 squad

Brandon Smith is easily one of the best recruits of the season, and it will be very interesting to see how his injection in this already champion squad will play out.

Squad: Angus Crichton, Brandon Smith, Billy Smith, Connor Watson, Corey Allan, Daniel Tupou, Drew Hutchison, Egan Butcher, Fletcher Baker, Jake Turpin, James Tedesco, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jaxson Paulo, Joseph Manu, Joseph Suaali‘i, Lindsay Collins, Luke Keary, Naufahu Whyte, Nat Butcher, Paul Momirovski, Robert Toia, Sam Walker, Sitili Tupouniua, Siua Wong, Terrell May, Tukupa Hau Tapuha, Victor Radley. Players: 27

Coach: Trent Robinson

2023 gains

Corey Allan (Bulldogs), Jaxson Paulo (Rabbitohs), Jake Turpin (Broncos), Brandon Smith (Storm)

2023 losses

Renouf Atoni (Wakefield), Oliver Gildart (Dolphins), Daniel Suluka-Fifita (Rabbitohs), Siosiua Taukeiaho (Catalans Dragons), Sam Verrills (Titans)

Warriors 2023 squad

The Warriors have bought judiciously, with most of their recruits bolstering positions they have struggled to fill permanently. Te Maire Martin in the halves should take pressure off Shaun Johnson. An attitude change will be key.

Squad: Adam Pompey, Addin Fonua-Blake, Bayley Sironen, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Bunty Afoa, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Dylan Walker, Edward Kosi, Freddy Lussick, Jackson Ford, Jazz Tevaga, Josh Curran, Luke Metcalf, Marata Niukore, Marcelo Montoya, Mitch Barnett, Otukinekina Kepu, Rocco Berry, Ronald Volkman, Shaun Johnson, Taniela Otukolo, Te Maire Martin, Tohu Harris, Tom Ale, Valingi Kepu, Viliami Vailea, Wayde Egan. Players: 28

Coach: Andrew Webster

2023 gains

Mitch Barnett (Knights), Jackson Ford (Dragons), Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (Raiders), Marata Niukore (Eels), Te Maire Martin (Broncos), Luke Metcalf (Sharks), Dylan Walker (Sea Eagles)

2023 losses

Euan Aitken (Dolphins), Eliesa Katoa (Storm), Jack Murchie (Eels), Aaron Pene (Storm), Reece Walsh (Broncos)

Wests Tigers 2023 squad

John Bateman ended months of speculation about his future by agreeing to a four-year deal with the Tigers.

The England international had been in solid form for Wigan, and is another big boost for Tim Sheens’ forward pack.

David Klemmer is a welcome late edition for the Tigers, who had some losses upfront in Luke Garner and James Tamou. Api Koroisau and Isaiah Papali’i are expected to make a big impact.

Squad: Adam Doueihi, Alex Seyfarth, Alex Twal, Api Koroisau, Api Saukuru, Asu Kepaoa, Brandon Tumeth, Brent Naden, Charlie Staines, Daine Laurie, David Klemmer, David Nofoaluma, Fonua Pole, Isaiah Papali’i, Jake Simpkin, Joe Ofahengaue, John Bateman, Junior Tupou, Ken Maumalo, Luke Brooks, Rua Ngatikaura, Shawn Blore, Sione Fainu, Starford To’a, Stefano Utoikamanu, Tommy Talau, Triston Reilly, Tukimihia Simpkins, Will Smith

Coach: Tim Sheens

2023 gains

David Klemmer (Knights), Api Koroisau (Panthers), David Nofoaluma (loan), Isaiah Papali‘i (Eels), Triston Reilly (rugby union, Waratahs), Charlie Staines (Panthers), John Bateman (Wigan)

2023 losses

Luke Garner (Panthers), Oliver Gildart (Dolphins), Jackson Hastings (Knights), Jacob Liddle (Dragons), Jock Madden (Broncos), Zane Musgrove (Dragons), Tyrone Peachey (Panthers), James Tamou (Cowboys), Kelma Tuilagi (Sea Eagles)

Maria RecouvreurChief of production

Maria Recouvreur is Chief of Production for CODE who has spent more than a decade writing and editing sports journalism in both print and online. She has worked for Fairfax, News Corp and Pacific Magazines as both a journalist and sub-editor and was the Editor of Big League, the NRL’s now-defunct match-day programme, for several years. While Maria’s main passion is rugby league (go the Bulldogs), she’ll watch any sport that’s on and above all, loves adding the finishing touches on the incredible storytelling that comes with it.

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