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Leigh Leopards transfer target makes decision on his future

Newcastle Knights fullback David Armstrong has rejected a huge offer from Sydney Roosters and signed a new two-year deal with his club.

The 23-year-old has impressed in his first season in NRL this year, but Leigh Leopards had been interested in him while he was playing in the NSW Cup.

Leigh Leopards had previously made a move for him after missing out on signing Tristan Sailor from Brisbane Broncos, who had reportedly been granted a UK visa but wasn’t given a release from his club to move.

There were suggestions that they were ready to release a quota player – likely Ben Nakubuwai – such was their belief in signing Armstrong.

Head coach Adrian Lam even told RLL: “I know there’s been a link to him and I’ve spoken to ten players in the NRL that are off-contract in the last ten months, he’s one of them.”

However, the move fell through, and it’s now clear that the Leopards will have to wait even longer if they’re ever to sign him.

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Armstrong extends with Knights

David Armstrong celebrates. He was linked with Leigh Leopards

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The Mole have reported that the Knights have managed to fend off interest from Sydney Roosters and “at least one other club” in pinning him down to a two-year extension.

A source from the club told Wide World of Sports: “The Roosters went in hard but he likes it here and is a great kid.”

He impressed in the NSW Cup last year, scoring 15 tries in 18 games, and is capable of playing at both fullback and on the wing.

It was expected that he’d be an option for the Knights on the wing this year, as Dom Young left a hole in that position, but an injury to Kalyn Ponga at fullback has allowed him to fill that position,

He’s scored five in five games since taking that starting role in Ponga’s absence, and although he struggled against Canterbury Bulldogs last weekend, he has certainly caught the eye of potential suitors in NRL and beyond.

The 23-year-old, however, is going nowhere – for now.

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