Former rugby player turned kicker Tadhg Leader signs with Hamilton Tiger-Cats

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed global placekicker and punter Tadhg Leader.

The 29-year-old Leader played five games in 2021 with the Aviators of The Spring League, converting four-of-six field goal attempts (66.7 percent), six-of-seven convert attempts (85.7 percent) and had an average of 42.1 yards per punt.

Prior to making the switch to football, the 6-2, 205-pound native of Galway, Ireland was an established rugby player, and played in Major League Rugby for the San Diego Legion (2018), New England Free Jacks (2018-2021) and had a loan spell with the New Orleans Gold (2019).

Leader also played oversees for Connacht Rugby in Ireland and Rugby Badia ASD in Italy as well as representing Ireland at the youth level appearing in both the U19 and U20 squads before making the switch to represent the United States at the senior level.