Derek Beaumont offers Toronto six free players to complete season

Derek Beaumont has offered Toronto any six of Leigh’s players for free to allow them to complete the 2020 season.

The Wolfpack pulled out of Super League last week citing overwhelming financial challenges, with all their league results this campaign expunged from the records.

However the Leigh Centurions owner has taken to social media to offer his views on the matter, stating Toronto should stop with the ‘silly excuses’ while offering them free players.

Beaumont tweeted: “So @TOwolfpack can’t complete SL due to visas and no players! Well whilst I can’t control taking their place for free I can offer them any 6 of my players who are not allowed to play so you can finish the season! I will also still pay their wages! What’s stopping you now?”

The tweet ended a two-year hiatus from social media for Beaumont and kick-started a discussion in which he also offered to take Toronto’s place in the top flight.

Featherstone Rovers publicly offered to replace the Wolfpack in Super League last week and the Leigh owner revealed his club made a similar approach to Super League but got no response.

“If you don’t want to take my offer then step down and let @LeighCenturions take your place you can have it back next year if your still going!

“No offence intended just have an issue when people’s try to insult others intelligence !”

When quizzed about Featherstone’s approach, Beaumont replied: “So did @LeighCenturions the same day the official way and didn’t get a response! Sometimes people need to know other times not! I believe on this issue they do and am in constant contact with mark at fev.”

The series of tweets marked an angry response from many supporters, with several claiming Beaumont is late to the party in helping to save Toronto’s season.

Leigh’s well-publicised financial problems at the end of 2018 were also a topic for debate, however the long-serving Centurions owner took time to reply to most of the comments.

It remains to be seen whether anything will come from Beaumont’s remarks, although Leigh player Jarrod Sammut showed clear support for the suggestion they could take Toronto’s Super League place, stating: “WE’RE READY!!!”