An extremely talented midfielder, Montagna was drafted to the Saints with pick 37 in the 2001 NAB AFL Draft from the Northern Knights and has developed into one of the Saints’ most damaging midfielders in the decade since. Montagna marked passing the 100 game milestone in 2009 with All-Australian selection and third in the Saints Best and Fairest. He backed up his excellent 2009 season, with another All Australian selection, and finished second in St Kilda’s Best and Fairest.
Montagna has proved that he is an elite midfielder with brilliant endurance who has exemplified a prolific ball winning capacity. Away from the field, Leigh is becoming an accomplished media performer. Having formed a strong relationship with Channel 7 over the past few years, Leigh can be seen regularly as one of a handful of current players that contribute to the network’s AFL broadcasts and programs such as Game Day.
Montagna played his 200th game in 2013 and to top off a great year placed third in the St Kilda Best and Fairest.