Upon their return to Super League, Leigh have made a couple of bold statements.
They have made some huge signings such as Zak Hardaker and Tom Briscoe of Leeds Rhinos as well as Huddersfield Giants star centre Ricky Leutele as well as Castleford Tigers’ Gareth O’Brien and five Warrington Wolves players.
However, their biggest statement was no doubt the rebrand as the Leigh Leopards having been the Centurions previously.
This culminated in a new look kit with a leopard as the base of the shirt.
To the club’s credit they listened to the feedback and have changed their home shirt for 2023 by adding red to the initial design.
However, they have still had to deal with claims that the animal on the shirt isn’t a leopard but a jaguar.
On Twitter, Leigh called upon a professional guide in the South African wilderness to prove that it is in fact a Leopard.
He said: “Good afternoon guys, it’s a lovely afternoon in South Africa and I am going to tell you why that picture is a Leopard.
“I am a professional guide in the South African wilderness guide and if I look at that picture that is a species of leopard found in South Africa which is big, powerful and an animal that you don’t mess with.
“If you look at the head construction, a stealthy head and if they have really close pattern that is a rosette which is leopard, there’s not much to it, it’s a leopard.”
🤔 𝙇𝙀𝙊𝙋𝘼𝙍𝘿 𝙊𝙍 𝙅𝘼𝙂𝙐𝘼𝙍?
We have some comments about our jersey and the legitimacy of the animal used…
— Leigh Leopards (@LeighRLFC_) November 15, 2022