Leigh Leopards Sign Forward as They Lay Foundations for 2025

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The Leigh Leopards have seen a number of players leave for the 2025 season, with confirmed departures like John Asiata and reported ones like Zak Hardaker. Nevertheless, the Leopards have made a notable move by confirming the re-signing of a player until 2206.

Heading into the 2024 season, Leigh Leopards faced the challenge of retaining over 20 players whose contracts were set to expire, presenting a significant task for the club.

Unfortunately, the Leopards have been unable to hold on to some star players, including John Asiata, who has signed a three-year deal with Hull FC. Additionally, Zak Hardaker is reportedly set to join his captain at the MKM Stadium next season, as per Hull Live.

However, there is positive news for Leigh Leopards, as they have successfully extended the contract of one of their key players. A vital member of the Challenge Cup-winning side has penned a new deal to remain with the club until the end of 2026.

Leigh Leopards Re-Sign 'Key' Player

The club has confirmed that Matty Davis has re-signed and will continue to be part of the team at Leigh Sports Village until at least the end of the 2026 season. The announcement was made via the club's website with the following statement:

"Leigh Leopards are delighted to confirm that Matt Davis has signed a two-year contract extension until the end of the 2026 season. Davis, 27, was a key member of the Leopards’ Challenge Cup-winning side in 2023 and has been ever-present so far this season."

Matty Davis, formerly of Warrington Wolves, joined Leigh ahead of the 2023 season and has since made 42 appearances for the Leopards, scoring two tries during his tenure with the club.

Expressing his excitement about the contract extension, Davis said: "I'm buzzing to have signed the two-year extension with the club. It was always my goal to extend, especially after the year we had last season. With the quality of the staff and players we have, it's such a close-knit group, and I wanted to continue playing alongside these lads and for the club."

"Obviously, last season we achieved winning the Challenge Cup, which was unreal. It was a massive highlight in my career to do so with this group of lads. To see how the town and the fans reacted was next level, so if we could replicate anything like that again while I'm at the club, that would be massive."

"Playing in front of these fans is an absolute honour. The noise at home and away is incredible, and I really look forward to creating many more memories with them."

Director of Rugby Chris Chester praised Davis's consistency, stating: "The consistency Matty Davis has shown during his time at the club has been brilliant. You always know he's going to get on the field and do a fantastic job. This extension means we've got Matty tied down for the peak of his playing years, which is a great achievement for both Matty and the club."