Leigh sign St Helens’ Matty Dawson with immediate effect

Leigh Centurions have continued their recruitment ahead of the Qualifiers after splashing out a five-figure transfer fee to sign St Helens’ Matty Dawson.

The centre or winger played 50 times since joining Saints from Huddersfield in 2013, but has now signed a deal at Leigh until the end of the 2018 season.

Leigh owner Derek Beaumont said: “Matty is a big, strong athlete who has consistently appeared for Saints this season and is a quality acquisition for our back line.

“Last year we didn’t have any contracts up and went into the 8s as we were. However, this year it is no secret that a lot of contracts are up and that has given us the opportunity to strengthen now with players that will join us next year and Matty fits that bill.

“I am pleased we were able to convince Matty to join us irrespective of the competition we are in as it’s a big step having been at a top club like Saints. I would like to thank Martin Shuttleworth, his agent and St Helens, in particular Mike Rush, for their assistance in enabling this to take place.

“I am really looking forward to seeing Matty in a Leigh shirt.”

Saints Chief Executive Mike Rush said: “Matty is at a time in his career when he needs to be playing regularly.

“Therefore when the opportunity for him to move to Leigh came up it made sense for the both player and the club to agree to the transfer.

“We are grateful for Matty’s service and professionalism and we wish him all the best at Leigh.”