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Derek Beaumont has his say on the departure of Junior Sa’u

Junior Sa’u has confirmed he will be leaving the Leigh Centurions to join rugby union side Washington DC Glory in the USA.

And, Leigh owner Derek Beaumont has responded to the news, declaring how grateful he is to the 34-year-old centre for the time spent at the Leigh Sports Village.

Beaumont tweeted: “Big respect to u Junior u have been a great player a great pro on and off the field a fantastic example and role model. I loved how you played alongside your bro @AnthonyGelling at our club. Will always be grateful for your efforts for our @LeighCenturions famileigh good luck.”

Sa’u turned pro with Newcastle Knights in 2008 for whom he scored two tries on his debut against Canterbury Bulldogs. His performances earned him international recognition and he represented New Zealand nine times and Samoa twice.

After 86 appearances for the Knights, he had a short spell with Melbourne Storm in 2013 before a move to Salford came about just in time for the 2014 campaign.

Sa’u stayed at the AJ Bell Stadium for six years, scoring 60 tries in 142 appearances and becoming a huge favourite with the Red Devils fans – something which he has also achieved at the Leigh Sports Village.

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