Leigh Leopards have already made 12 signings for the new Super League season as they look for avoid relegation for the first time in Super League.
In 2005, 2017 and 2021, Leigh, then the Leigh Centurions, suffered relegation but these 12 signings give Leigh a chance to not only survive but perhaps push for a place in the play-offs.
They have signed Leeds Rhinos’ Grand Finalists Zak Hardaker and Tom Briscoe, beaten Super League rivals to Huddersfield Giants star Ricky Leutele and Castleford Tigers star Gareth O’Brien.
They signed Matt Davis, Jack Hughes, Oliver Holmes, Rob Mulhern and Jacob Gannon from Warrington Wolves.
Meanwhile, the Leopards have confirmed the permanent signings of Tom Nisbet and Aaron Smith from St Helens after they spent last year on loan with the club. Smith is a former Super League Champion after playing in the 2019 Grand Final against Salford Red Devils.
However, they are not finished yet.
After these signings, owner Derek Beaumont said that the club were still keen on signing a middle forward.
Now the club seemingly have a quota spot available after Nene MacDonald left for Leeds Rhinos and Blake Ferguson left on compassionate grounds.
This also means they could also need to sign a winger and could very well sign Umyla Hanley who has been training with the club.
Meanwhile, Beaumont has now confirmed that the plan is to make more signings as he revealed on Twitter when asked.
When asked, he simply said “that’s the plan.”
That’s the plan
— Derek john beaumont (@derek_beaumont) December 30, 2022
In terms of middles they could move for is Dylan Napa formerly of Catalans Dragons.
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves has been rumoured too.