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Leigh Leopards on alert as one-time target unhappy at lack of games

Tristan Sailor Leigh Leopards

Leigh Leopards are set for a busy close season, as the club moves into the second phase of their Super League strategy. A number of the players who brought the club back from the Championship and helped them to Challenge Cup glory last season are set to depart as the club looks to refresh its playing squad. 

Big names such as John Asiata, Tom Amone and Kai O’Donnell have already confirmed their next playing contracts for 2025, with Asiata joining Hull FC and Amone and O’Donnell returning to the NRL with the Canterbury Bulldogs and the North Queensland Cowboys respectively.

Other players such as Ed Chamberlain, Oliver Holmes and Zak Hardaker have all been linked with the exit door in the close season, meaning Leigh will have plenty of space on the salary cap to play with for the 2025 season.

The Leopards have already completed some eye-catching recruitment ahead of next season, with mid-season signing, Aaron Pene, impressing on his debut against Leeds Rhinos. Now, it appears that another name linked with Leigh in the past may be about to hit the open market.

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One-time Leigh Leopards target may be on the move

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Tristan Sailor, son of dual code legend, Wendell Sailor, came close to joining Leigh in the close season. Reports at the time suggested that Sailor had agreed to a deal with Leigh and requested an exit from his deal with the Brisbane Broncos, only for the move to be blocked by Broncos head coach, Kevin Walters.

Now, speaking to the Courier Mail, Sailor has admitted that he may have to leave the club to gain regular first team minutes. Whilst he has played 11 times so far this season, the Broncos have plenty of strength in depth in his position, including superstar full-back Reece Walsh. Sailor said:

“It’s definitely a hard one,” Sailor admitted.

“We have such a strong roster and the thing is everyone (in the playmaking spine) is younger than me … Jock (Madden), Ezra (Mam) and ‘Walshy’.

“It’s something me and my manager will have to look at as it comes up because I want to get quality NRL minutes.

“As I always say, I have to take opportunities and where that comes, who knows where it might come.”

Sailor retains NRL ambitions

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Whether the mutual interest between Leigh and Sailor remains is not certain. Sailor plays primarily as a full-back, but can also play in the halves, and Leigh appear to be well covered in those positions.

Leigh have already announced the signing of Newcastle Knights full-back, David Armstrong, and Lachlan Lam and Matt Moylan are both under contract for 2-25, meaning the Leopards are well-stocked in Sailor’s position.

As for Sailor, he is keen to play at the highest level possible. Whilst he was once open to the move to the Leopards, it appears he now has his sights firmly set on remaining in the NRL. He explained:

“I absolutely love the Broncos, but roster-wise it is very hard,” Sailor said.

“That’s why, with the opportunities I get, I want to make the most of them.

“I definitely would like to play as much NRL as possible.

“I am focused on doing my role for the club at the moment but when the time comes (to weigh up his future), we’ll see what happens.”

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