Leigh Montagna was drafted by the St. Kilda Football Club during the 2001 AFL Draft. He originated from the Northern Knights in the TAC CUP, where his class and dominance in the midfield was rife. Since joining the Saints, Leigh showed immense ability in the Saints’ midfield, soon becoming one of the club’s best. In 2006, Leigh illustrated his capabilities after completing a career-high game of 34 disposals and 3 goals against Richmond in Round 17. This provided a great foundation for Leigh’s coming 2007 season, where he played 21 games, averaging over 23 disposals an outing.
2009 and 2010 were further outstanding years for Leigh as he not only made two consecutive Grand Finals, he was named in the All-Australian Team twice. His 2009 season consisted of 24 games, where he averaged 27.9 disposals and 6.25 tackles a game. Despite not winning a Grand Final, Leigh was recognised throughout the 2009-2010 era as one of St. Kilda’s greatest players and leaders. Leigh continued his great showing of form further into his career, 2013 being another remarkable year. He averaged 29.57 disposals across 21 appearances whilst also kicking 16 goals.
Leigh retired at the conclusion from the 2017 season after being a part of the club for 16 seasons and 287 games. Over the course of his career, Montagna has proved that he is an elite midfielder with brilliant endurance and a prolific ball-winner. Amazingly, over the past decade, Leigh has made a top-4 finish in the Saints’ Best and Fairest on nine occasions. An outstanding effort.
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.