Derek Beaumont says Leigh Leopards can compete with St Helens and co as he calls for salary cap increase

Leigh Leopards owner Derek Beaumont has been outspoken about what he expects from the Leopards in 2023.

The club, previously known as Leigh Centurions, have only ever suffered relegation in 2005, 2017 and 2021 the only times Leigh made their way into Super League.

But after over 10 major signings going into 2023, the Leopards are expected by some to push for the play-offs in 2023.

But can they truly compete with the likes of St Helens, Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos?

When asked about this, Beaumont said not only does he expect the Leopards to compete with them but in the years to come overcome them.

He said: “Yes I do we have an outstanding group that believe in themselves and the club. Do we need to keep building and growing to overcome those clubs? Yes also but competing isn’t overcoming or winning. We will be the best version of the club that’s all I ever challenge! And yes to SC.”

He also responded to the question of whether or not the salary cap should be increased, saying he believes it should.

Apt timing given that the NRL cap recently increased to $12.1 million three times that of the current Super League cap.

Many believe that Super League would subsequently benefit from an increased cap.

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