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Leigh Leopards announce another departure as forward goes out loan

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Leigh Leopards have been one of the most active sides in the Super League transfer market in recent weeks, having announced a number of signings and departures from the club. Earlier in the week, David Armstrong joined the Leopards on a three-year deal for the 2025 season. 

The Leopards have also allowed a number of fringe players to leave the club on short-term deals in recent weeks, as they look to gain valuable match fitness. Louis Brogan has been allowed to move to Widnes on loan for an initial two-week period, along with Keanan Brand.

Now the Leopards have agreed to a deal which will see forward, Nathan Wilde, join Doncaster on a month’s loan deal. Wilde initially joined the Dons at the end of May, but will see his stay with the club extended as he continues his recovery from a serious shoulder injury.

Wilde played 11 games for the Leopards in 2023, after joining from Newcastle Thunder, however, his chances have been limited due to injury.

Leigh Leopards confirm forward departs on loan

Nathan Wilde Leigh Leopards

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Leigh confirmed the deal to take Wilde to Doncaster in a statement on the club’s website. The statement reads:

“Leigh Leopards can confirm that Nathan Wilde has joined Doncaster on one month’s loan.

“The 24-year-old prop played 11 games for the Leopards in 2023 after joining from Newcastle Thunder but has only just returned to fitness after suffering an injury in the warm-up game against Warrington Wolves.

“Wilde made a successful return to action playing on loan for Doncaster in their 25-25 home draw against Whitehaven earlier this month.”

Explaining the decision to allow Wilde to leave on loan, Leigh’s head of rugby, Chris Chester, stated that it was an important step in Wilde’s return from injury. The move will allow Wilde to gain some valuable match fitness:

“Nathan is another one coming back from a long-term injury so we want him to get some match fitness.

“A further loan at Doncaster is a great opportunity for that.”

Wilde is the second loan departure from Leigh today, as Keanan Brand, who is also recovering from a serious injury, left the club on a month-long loan.

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