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Transfer news: Leigh Leopards star breaks silence on future as clubs circle

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Leigh Leopards have been one of the teams that have dominated the transfer news with the high-profile exit of John Asiata leading the way, but there have also been doubts cast over the future of star signing Matt Moylan.

Moylan joined the Leigh Leopards ahead of the season with the former Australian international being the major signing among a host of other moves that were aimed at improving squad depth.

Early on Moylan potentially struggled to adjust to life in England but of late the 32-year-old has come to life, albeit in a different position to the one he was recruited for.

With Leigh Leopards suffering a host of injuries to derail their early season form, the club have been forced to move Moylan to full-back with fellow pre-season signing Ben McNamara operating in the halves.

Those switches have brought results with the Leopards having hammered both Catalans Dragons and Salford Red Devils of late, but there could be yet more transfer trouble for the club.

Leigh Leopards: Will star man stay or join exit list?

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With Leigh Leopards being raided of talent for 2025 and suggestions that even their coach Adrian Lam could be on the move, it’s imperative that they retain talent such as Matt Moylan,

However, that may not be possible with so many high-profile suitors as reported last week with The Daily Telegraph claiming that Moylan is keen to secure a return to the NRL.

Luckily for Leigh fans, those reports have now been rubbished by the man himself with Matt Moylan speaking to The Daily Mirror to provide clarity on what the future looks like for himself.

The Australian has poured water on exit talks and instead confirmed that he’d be keen to go again in 2025 as contracted.

“Absolutely, I don’t know where that story came from,” Moylan told The Mirror when asked about the exit rumours and NRL talk.

“I’ve never said a word or looked at going back home to play NRL. I was as surprised as everyone else when I saw that.

“I’m enjoying it here. It’s a new experience for me but I’ve enjoyed it and hopefully we can keep playing games like that [Salford] and chalking up wins.”

Moylan was monumental in Leigh’s victory over Salford with the full-back spearheading an attack that ran riot. His move to full-back has allowed Lachlan Lam to retain the off-the-cuff style that made him a Dream Team member last year, whilst Moylan’s support runs have become incredibly dangerous and tough for teams to defend.

Specifically on that win over Salford, Moylan explained: “It’s probably been a theme this year where we’ve let games slip in the second half so it’s good to come out and start that second half the way we wanted. We talked about it half-time so it was good to go on and get the result and see the work we’ve been doing pay off.”

The Leopards went into the half with a 16-6 lead before scoring early doors through Josh Charnley in the second half. That try marked Charnley’s 300th in his career and set Leigh up to play heads-up rugby and ease to a 40-12 victory.

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