Toulouse today announced the signing of former Warrington and Leigh winger Matty Russell and the Scottish international has since taken to social media to bid farewell to the Centurions.
With over 100 career appearances to his name having come through the system at Wigan before a brief loan spell at Hull FC, Russell is best known for his time at Warrington where he played as both a fullback and winger.
He featured heavily when the Wire finished top of the league in 2016 and played in both the Grand Final and Wembley defeats that season before moving to Toronto in 2018. Their financial struggles in 2020 resulted in a move to Leigh but he was unfortunately unable to keep the Centurions from relegation ultimately prompting a move to France with Super League new boys Toulouse.
Speaking to Toulouse’s official website about the move, Russell expressed his excitement: “I’m super excited to start at Toulouse, I’ve heard a lot of good things about this club. I like the philosophy of play instilled by Sylvain. I talked a lot with him and it really made me want to join the TO. My family and I can’t wait to discover French culture.”
But after the announcement, he took to social media to thank Leigh and wish them well as they look to bounce back and return to the top flight: “Would also like to thank Leigh Centurions, the fans where outstanding all year despite things not going our way. They’ve got great things going on at the club from top to bottom. I’m sure we will see them back in super league in the near future best of luck next year!”
Would also like to thank @LeighCenturions, the fans where outstanding all year despite things not going our way.
They’ve got great things going on at the club from top to bottom. I’m sure we will see them back in super league in the near future 🏉 best of luck next year!
— Matthew Russell (@mattyrussell3) November 6, 2021