Leigh Leopards had an excellent 2023 season and are now hoping for an even better year in 2024.
The Leopards finished fifth as they avoided relegation for the first time in Super League and also cracked the play-offs for the first time as well.
They also incredibly won the Challenge Cup Final against Hull KR, the first win in the competition for the club since 1971 an they did so in golden point drama. It will be a hard year to top but the club are striving to do so by bringing in NRL star Matt Moylan to replace Featherstone Rovers bound Ben Reynolds.
The club may not be done yet either with Derek Beaumont hinting at another signing if they can sort out the visa. This likely means it is a French player with the club using up their remaining quota spots.
Beaumont explained on Leopards TV: “The main focus is obviously the on-field. Like you said, we’ve got nine new players. There is another one that we’re done with, but we’re just having to do some work on the visa side. I think it’s not as straight forward, but hopefully that will happen.
“I just think that we’re a stronger looking squad, we’ve got a big physical side. It would be interesting for Owen to try and see if he makes it in the first game, coming from Huddersfield. There was a lot of competition for his signature.
“I think we’ve got a bit of height about us as well. We’ve got some tall guys in there Dan Norman, Robbie Mulhern, quite a sizeable group of them. Owen is obviously got some size in there, Frankie Halton too.
“We’re quite a physical looking team. We’ve still got the likes of Tom Amone in there who made the most metres in Super League last year, Edwin Ipape too and our Daddy as we like to call him in John Asiata.
“We’ve got our strike all around and the partnership of Lammie and Moylan, I’m really, really excited. It’s the most eagerly anticipated season for me yet.”
On getting the Moylan deal over the line at the expense of others, Beaumont added: “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 Leopards look set for a big year in 2024.