There is no question the newly named Leigh Leopards are the talk of Super League heading into the 2023 season.
Their flamboyant owner Derek Beaumont made the bold decision to rename the club from Centurions to Leopards during the off-season following their promotion from the Championship.
It was a move that split opinion, however there is no doubting the publicity it has brough the sport and in particular the Leigh club heading into the new campaign.
Beaumont has back that up with a whole host of new signings, including the likes of Zak Hardaker and Ricky Leutele, with many predicting the Leopards for a play-off push.
However, speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the game Beaumont has played down those predictions stating that he is focused on survival having seen Leigh relegated at the first time of asking in each of the last three times they have been promoted to Super League.
“We want to be one of the big clubs. We want to emulate what Warrington did last night.
“For us to attract a coach like Adrian Lam, it’s clear we are not here to make up the numbers. He has just assisted Mal Meninga in helping Australia win a World Cup.
“Adrian wants to do the best he can but listen, we’re not talking about survival but we are realists in that we have just come up from the Championship I think we aim for that.
“We have got 13 new players, eight of them are debutants so we are the underdogs but we have got a good squad and we have a lot of quality players with experience.
“We feel we can dig in their and compete with the best.”