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Leigh Leopards sign up forward as they begin to build for 2025

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Leigh Leopards have had a number of players poached for the 2025 season with confirmed exits such as John Asiata and reported ones like Zak Hardaker, however, the Leopards have switched it up and confirmed the re-signing of a player until 2206.

One of the problems heading into the 2024 campaign for Leigh Leopards was that the club had over 20 players off contract at the end of the season, meaning retainment was set to be a massive task.

Unfortunately for the club, they’ve failed to retain some stars such as John Asiata who has signed a three-year deal with Hull FC, whilst it’s being reported by Hull Live that Zak Hardaker will be joining his captain at the MKM Stadium next season.

Now though, Leigh Leopards have confirmed that they’ve managed to extend the contract of one of their own with one of the “key members” of the Challenge Cup-winning side penning a new deal to stay with the club until the end of 2026.

Leigh Leopards re-sign ‘key’ player

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The Leopards have confirmed that Matty Davis has re-signed and will remain at the Leigh Sports Village until at least the end of the 2026 season. That news was confirmed by the club who shared a statement via their website.

It read: “Leigh Leopards are delighted to confirm that Matt Davis has signed a two-year contract extension until the end of the 2026 season.

“Davis, 27, was a key member of the Leopards’ Challenge Cup-winning side in 2023 and has been ever present so far this season.”

The former Warrington Wolves forward joined Leigh ahead of the 2023 season and has since made 42 appearances in Leopard print, scoring two tries during his two-year spell with the club.

Speaking on re-signing, Davis said: “I’m buzzing to have signed the two-year extension with the club. It was always my goal to extend, especially with the year we had last season.

“With the quality of the staff and players we have at our disposal, it’s such a close-knit group. So I wanted to keep playing with these lads and for the club.

“Obviously last season we achieved winning the Challenge Cup which was unreal. It was a massive highlight in my career so far to do so with this group of lads.

“To see how the town and the fans reacted was next level so if we could replicate anything like that again whilst I’m at the club that would be massive.

“Playing in front of these fans is an absolute honour. The noise home and away is incredible and I really look forward to making a lot more memories with them.”

Director of Rugby Chris Chester added: “The consistency Matty Davis has shown during his time at the club has been brilliant. You always know he’s going to get on the field and do a fantastic job.

“This extension means we’ve got Matty tied down for the peak of his playing years which is a great achievement for both Matty and the club.”

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