Leigh Leopards were one of the biggest, if not the biggest, stories of the 2023 Super League season and they are hoping for even bigger and better things in 2024.
The crux of their success last year, which included a Challenge Cup Final win over Hull KR, was arguably their recruitment and they have made nine more signings for 2024 including highly sought after prop Owen Trout from Huddersfield Giants.
The Leopards have also added in NRL star Matt Moylan ahead of the 2o24 season in a major coup as owner Derek Beaumont also believes explaining as such on Leopards TV as he explained the club’s recruitment:
“We’ve got new players coming in. The big headline people talk about will be Matt Moylan, for obvious reasons. I probably want to address as well a few comments I saw in and around that.
“There’s been people saying ‘oh you didn’t get May’, well we never even enquired about Tyrone May and that’s no disrespect to him but he wasn’t a player that we went in for.
“The Brodie Croft one I’ve explained, I suppose Milford was the other one and we actually we went for him as opposed to Brodie at the time. He’s got a young new-born daughter and his wife just didn’t want to up sticks and move to the other side of the world. We respect that, he in no way turned us down.
“It was important then that we were patient, Tanginoa some asked why we didn’t get him in. We only had so many quota spots, and Lammy and Chesney had worked them out how they seemed best, and we’d only got one left, and we felt we needed to get a half with that.
“So we were really patient, and Lammy’s been out there and amongst it. We’ve seen who would be up for coming and Matt was. He fancied that.”
The club were truly impressive in 2023 and could be recognised at the Sports Personality of the Year awards as Beaumont explained:
“I think it’s a massive story. Yesterday we got an invite actually to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards for myself, Lammie, John Asiata, Lachlan and two of the players from the team, Josh and Tom Briscoe.
“So that’s great for Leigh, it’s great for sport of rugby league to have a presence there and I suppose it recognises the fantastic achievement that we did. So yeah I want to make a big thing of it.”