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Super League side tipped to sign NRL star set to return to UK

Leigh Leopards have been tipped to bring in a former Super League Champion and an England international.

This comes as it was reported that two former Super League players could be set to return to Super League sooner rather than later.

Both of them are centres who will bring plenty of quality to any side they join as a potential mid-season recruit.

This comes from Jon Wells on Sky Sports who said:

“Dean Whare and Oliver Gildart both could be headed back to Super League. Gildart is currently sat on the sidelines not getting much game time in the NRL.

Wells went on to tip the Leigh Leopards, who have received brilliant funding from owner Derek Beaumont, to sign Gildart.

They are unable to sign Whare with their quota spots for 2023 full. Only Castleford Tigers, after Jake Mamo’s retirement, Catalans Dragons, Warrington Wolves and Salford Red Devils have quota spots open.

Wells said on Sky: “Could the Leigh Leopards be in the frame.”

Dean Whare left Catalans Dragons at the end of 2022 and was linked with a move to Wigan Warriors prior to joining the French Elite One Championship.

Oliver Gildart has yet to feature for the Dolphins since joining ahead of the 2023 season.

Last year he was linked with a mid-season move to Leeds Rhinos before joining Sydney Roosters on loan.

This was after he had joined the Wests Tigers at the start of 2022 after a brilliant career with Wigan winning two Grand Finals and starring for England including scoring a famous try against New Zealand in the 2018 series against them.

In terms of potential suitors for Gildart, Leigh were of course mentioned by Wells and they reportedly have cap space open.

Phil Clarke recently tipped them to make further signings and Gildart would be an ideal replacement for now Leeds star Nene MacDonald.

Meanwhile, ironically Dean Whare’s exit has left Catalans open to signing a centre so Gildart would be a good recruit.

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