Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont has stated his commitment to the Super League club regardless of the division they are in for 2018 .
Beaumont used his programme notes for this weekends game with Halifax to allay the fears of fans worried he may decide to cut his losses if the Centurions are relegated .
Unless the Centurions are at home for the Million Pound game , Friday’s game with Halifax will be the last home game this season so Beaumont has taken the opportunity to address the clubs fans and had this to say :
‘Well I have thought long and hard on this one. In 2005 after getting promoted into Super League and seeing it not sustainable I walked away. Whilst I don’t have an appetite for the Championship I won’t walk away again at this stage as I still believe that this Club can become an established Super League club for many years and I am not giving that vision up after a setback.
We have proven we can add to the competition by being competitive in our first year and not finishing bottom. We have met all the minimum standards including attendance and have had a positive impact at the club owners’ meetings, building friendships and business relationships that fellow owners want to see continue.
Whilst the Super League structure remains uncertain at this stage along with any parachute payments and indeed our Super League status what isn’t uncertain and I can say with absolute clarity is I am going nowhere.
I haven’t given up at anything in my life and have had many setbacks personally and in business but I don’t give in. As long as this town supports the Club I will support it. If the fans stay with us and still buy their season tickets and the sponsors still support as they have then I will maintain my support and keep us spending the cap with a team that will come straight back even if the structure doesn’t change to include us’.
There are rumours of a 13 or 14 team Super League for next year but as things stand a Super League club will be promoted . Derek also took the opportunity to graciously congratulate Hull KR on their promotion back to Super League .
The Leigh match programme is by far the best in Super League , expertly put together by Club Media Secretary Mike Latham It only costs £3 and has a whopping 84 pages , and will be available from usual outlets before tomorrow’s game .