June 13, 2024

Love Rugby League claimed in November that Sailor had made negotiations with Super League clubs about leaving the NRL for the 2024 season, with Leigh being the club in question.

According to reports, a deal had been almost concluded to bring the son of former dual-code Australian star Wendell to the Leopards for the new season, but the situation altered radically over the holidays.

According to Love Rugby League, Brisbane finally declined to allow Sailor’s release due to their own squad problems, despite Leigh’s confidence that they had negotiated a deal.

In turn, they had begun to consider their own quota predicament, with the Leopards needing to release one overseas player already under contract in order to complete the Sailor deal.

Leigh Leopards recruitment update after move for Brisbane Broncos speedster  appears to fall through

“Sailor is an NRL player and not available to sign, just like some of ours who the NRL want are SL players and aren’t available to sign,” Leigh owner Derek Beaumont purportedly said on social media. Contracts must be substantive and mutually respected. “Wishing Tristan a successful NRL season and all of our players a successful SL season.”

Leigh Leopards are not in a rush to find an instant replacement for Tristan Sailor after his move appears to have fallen through.
Despite his utility value across the backline, Sailor has been highlighted as a possible spine option for Adrian Lam’s team in 2024.

After allowing Joe Mellor to depart and join Super League rivals Salford Red Devils, Leigh is again weak in the pivots – but they have new additions Ben McNamara and Matt Moylan.


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