Ex-Leigh Leopards fullback returns to former club

Rochdale Hornets have announced the signing and return of former Leigh Leopards and Huddersfield Giants fullback Gregg McNally ahead of the 2024 season.

McNally returns to the club following a one year spell at neighbours Oldham last season. He has impressed in the past for Leigh Leopards, then Centurions, and Huddersfield Giants in Super League.

During his time at Leigh he scored 111 tries in 176 appearances which is truly impressive for the Whitehaven born fullback. He is a major signing for the Hornets.

He remains one of the best and quickest-thinking players in Betfred League One having represented Ireland at international level 12 times. Gregg who recently represented his county Cumbria against Wales, has played over 300 first class games at Super League, Championship and League One level, scoring a remarkable 189 tries and kicking 163 goals and 4 drop goals for a total of 1,064 points to date.

Chairman, Andy Mazey, commented on the signing; “We are delighted to have brought Gregg McNally back to Rochdale Hornets. Gregg is a lad I’ve had the privilege of knowing for over ten years now dating back to my time as a director at Leigh.

“He is one of the best professional’s you will ever meet, and a player who was very high on Gary’s wish list for 2024. Gregg’s quality and experience will be invaluable on and off the park for us, and I know our supporters will be pleased with this news, and will welcome Gregg, Rosey, and the McNally family back to Hornets with open arms”.

Gregg added, “I’m absolutely buzzing to be back at Rochdale this year. I really enjoyed my time with the club two year ago, it is a real family club and a place where I really enjoyed my rugby.

“I’m looking forward to working with Gary, Andy and all the coaching staff again. In 2024 I hope the hornets faithful get behind us as we’ve assembled a great group of lads who will work hard for each other and give it our best shot every week, I’m really looking forward to being a part of that and contributing to help the club. See you all at the Crown Oil in 2024.”