Leigh Leopards have made some real statement signings ahead of the 2023 Super League season including a quintet from Warrington Wolves including the likes of Rob Mulhern, Jack Hughes, Oliver Holmes and Jacob Gannon.
However, one of their best yet most understated signings has been the arrival of Matt Davis from Warrington.
Speaking exclusively to Serious About Rugby League, Davis backed the Leopards to compete with the top teams in 2023:
“We can definitely compete with the top teams in the competition, we’ve got a great squad and for us I feel like it’s all on attitude and believing we can be competitive.
“Pre season has been class with the leopards, we’ve worked hard and it’s been tough but the boys are all on the same page and we get through it.`
“The level of talent in the squad is exciting and impressive and that shows in training and in the game on Saturday against Leeds.”
On joining the Leopards, Davis previously told Serious About Rugby League just how excited he is by the move: “I’m really excited to become a Leigh player and rip into pre-season with the boys.
“It’s a big opportunity for me to play my best rugby and work hard to achieve big things with the club.”
Of course, a major talking point has been the rebranding which has divided opinion.
However, Davis is well on board with the move and believes it’s a sign of the exponential growth the club has with “good things” happening at Leigh Sports Village.
He said: “I think the rebranding is a great idea and to be a part of the new era with the Leopards is something special.
“The ideas surrounding the rebranding are all really positive and in place to build the club, I can see already that a lot of good things are happening. ”
But why did Davis choose to join Leigh? For Davis, however, it was always Leigh despite interest from other clubs and this was all down to a conversation with Leigh’s Director of Rugby Chris Chester.
“A few clubs were interested in potentially signing me,” Davis said, “But I had a great chat with Chris Chester early on in May and he outlined the potential Leigh as a club had so I was pretty much set on signing with the Leopards early.”