MATTHEW Sarsfield has signed a two-year full-time contract with Leigh, commencing in December 2014.
The 22-year-old back-row forward has impressed in his first season with his hometown club and has scored five tries in 14 appearances.
After emerging through the ranks of Leigh Miners Rangers, Sarsfield originally signed for Wigan Warriors, playing for them at scholarship level before progressing through their Under-18s and Under-20s teams.
At the end of the 2010 season, Sarsfield was named in the England Academy squad that defeated the Australian Schoolboys in two Tests played at Leigh Sports Village. England’s youngsters became the first since 2002 to defeat their Australian counterparts in a series with two outstanding displays.
He joined Huddersfield Giants ahead of the 2011 season and then spent time during that year with Dewsbury on dual contract where he played four games including one against Leigh. After being released by the Giants at the end of the 2012 season, Sarsfield had trials with Widnes before signing for Swinton for the rest of the Kingstone Press Championship season in April, scoring eight tries in 16 games for the Lions.
Leigh head coach Paul Rowley said: “Matt came to us having been in good environments without being centre stage in any of them. He has a lot of talent and has progressed considerably during his time with us.
“His wholehearted approach to the game and to training is second to none and he is a big part of the good culture we have at the club. He is a top lad and I am delighted he has extended his stay with us.”