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Offer made for Leigh Leopards transfer target

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Leigh Leopards are hitting their stride after a bumpy start to the season. On the field, they have started to get results after an injury hit start saw them drop back from Super League play-off contention in the early weeks of the season. Off the field, they are beginning to put plans in place for 2025.

The Leopards were hit by a string of high-profile departures. John Asiata and Oliver Holmes will move to Hull FC for 2025, with Zak Hardaker likely to join them. Tom Amone will take an up offer to join the Canterbury Bulldogs, and Kai O’Donnell is also set to return to the NRL.

However, news that Adrian Lam has signed an extended contract means the Leopards can begin to plan for next season. Now, there has been an update regarding one of their potential targets, who came close to joining the Leopards earlier in 2024.

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Offer made to Leigh Leopards target

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David Armstrong looked set to join the Leopards earlier in the season. However, Leigh do not have an available quota spot, and an injury to forward, Ben Nakubuwai meant he was unable to make a move across the Pennines to Castleford. Armstrong never joined the Leopards, and in the interim period, broke into the Newcastle Knights first-team.

Speaking to the Newcastle Herald, Knights Head Coach, offered an update on Armstrong’s future. He stated that an offer had been made for the Leigh target, and he hopes he will remain loyal to the Knights.

“There’s an offer in for him and I’d like to think he’s really happy here,” He said.

“It’s been a whirlwind month for him but he’s handled it really well and everyone’s really proud of him.

“There’ll be others looking at him for sure now but you’d like to think that loyalty will play its part.

“We’ve stuck with him and given him his opportunity so I’m hoping we can come to an agreement.”

Armstrong makes flying start

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Armstrong has made a flying start to life in the NRL. In his first four appearances for the Knights, he has scored five tries and provided one try assist. He is also a strong runner, and has averaged 172 running metres per game, with 22 tackle busts and four line breaks.

Given his strong form, it is easy to understand why the Leopards were interested in him in the first place, and why the Knights are so keen to keep hold of him.

O’Brien added that it was Armstrong’s pace that sets him apart.

“He can play more than one position using that speed,” he said.

“Guys that are quick can finish off some stuff and while he’s not a big body, he’s only had one full off-season with us.

Whilst an offer has been made, Armstrong has yet to sign a new contract with the Knights, so there is some hope for Leigh fans that they may be able to convince him to come to Super League for 2025.

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