In the first Challenge Cup Final without Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves and St Helens since 1986, it was the Leigh Leopards who came up with the Wembley win as they defeated Hull KR.
The Leopards are also fourth in the league defying the odds week in and week out with many expecting the Leopards to struggle with Wakefield Trinity for Super League survival.
However, they are anything but that with Derek Beaumont’s genius rebrand coupled with some astute signings, they have become a top team and in the mind of owner Derek Beaumont, the club are Super League’s main attraction.
He said on BBC’s Super League Show:
“If Super League or rugby league was a theme park then I think we’re the biggest attraction in there at the moment, with what we’ve got on and how we do it.
“We’ve definitely got the maddest roller-coaster because we’ve been up, we’ve been down, and we’ve been up and down again and it’s all a little bit twisted.”
Attractions like this are obviously key for things like the TV deal which was confirmed yesterday.
Leigh owner Beaumont has his say and said: “I’d like to thank (Rugby League Commercial Managing Director) Rhodri Jones and everyone involved in the hard work that has taken place over a long period in a difficult landscape for the broadcasting of sport.
“There are real and positive achievements in these negotiations which will prove to be extremely valuable, in particular the availability of every game to be broadcast live and accessed all over the world. This is something that the clubs can work with Rugby League Commercial to maximise the significant exposure for our game and commercial partners.
“For the first time all the games will be officiated evenly by the provision of video referees as a result of the live coverage of every game.
“We look forward to communicating in the coming weeks with our members and fans regarding memberships for the 2024 Betfred Super League season.”
Leigh’s fight for more silverware continues in the weeks to come as they hope to secure a favourable play-off spot.