A week ago was perhaps the biggest day in the history of the Leigh club.
The Centurions became the Leigh Leopards as they prepare for an assault on the Super League play-offs.
Leigh have never made the play-offs nor have they ever avoided relegation in Super League slipping out of the league in 2005, 2017 and 2021.
The Leopards have though laid down a marker with 12 signings going into 2023.
They signed two players from Super League Grand Finalists Leeds Rhinos in the shape of former treble winners Zak Hardaker and Tom Briscoe as well as St Helens duo Aaron Smith and Tom Nisbet who spent the season on loan at Leigh Sports Village.
Meanwhile, five players were brought in from Warrington Wolves in the shape of Rob Mulhern, Matt Davis, Oliver Holmes, Jack Hughes and Jacob Gannon.
Completing this lot of signings was the arrival of Nathan Wilde from Newcastle Thunder, Castleford Tigers’ Gareth O’Brien and Huddersfield Giants’ Ricky Leutele.
Many believed that this would be it in terms of recruitment, but owner Derek Beaumont confirmed on Twitter that wasn’t the case.
He said the Leopards are still in the market and are keen on another forward.
He said: “Chezzie [Chris Chester] is still in the market to add to the squad if the right player becomes available. We feel we need another middle in there to be solid.”
Chezzie is still in the market to add to the squad if the right player becomes available. We feel we need another middle in there to be solid
— Derek john beaumont (@derek_beaumont) October 24, 2022
So, Leigh are still looking open to business and could very well sign a middle forward before the off-season comes to a close and Leigh look to make a splash in the top tier.