Derek Beaumont surprised everyone on Twitter last night with a surprisingly positive message to one of Leigh’s long-time rivals.
Leigh Centurions secured promotion to the Super League and owner Beaumont promptly rebranded his side as Leigh Leopards.
Beaumont is an outspoken and outstanding member of the rugby league community and he’s now praised last season’s promotion rivals Featherstone Rovers for signing one of the players that took Beaumont and The Leythers to Super League.
Rovers announced yesterday (29th November) that they had signed fullback Caleb Aekins who joins following a 10-try promotion campaign for Beaumont’s Leigh.
Beaumont was among the first to throw praise towards Featherstone by responding to an announcement tweet from the ambitious Championship club – referencing Chairman Mark Campbell who like Beaumont has invested a lot of his own money in a bid to get his club up to the top-flight of British rugby league.
“Great coup top quality player and great person absolutely made up that he stays in the game in the UK,” Beaumont tweeted.
Great coup top quality player and great person absolutely made up that he stays in the game in the UK. Fev showing some serious intention here. I genuinely hope that Mark C and all at the club get the goal that’s eluded them so far that you can’t argue they deserve a shot at 👏🏉
— Derek john beaumont (@derek_beaumont) November 29, 2022
Aekins had previously been playing NRL level, albeit on an inconsistent rate, for Canberra Raiders after starting his career with Penrith Panthers. He also represented Wales at the 2021 World Cup.
Beaumont continued: “Fev showing some serious intention here. I genuinely hope that Mark C (Mark Campbell, Rovers chairman) and all at the club get the goal that’s eluded them so far that you can’t argue they deserve a shot at.”
The Leigh owner is of course alluding to Super League which has never seen Featherstone Rovers take the field despite the fact they are historically one of the sport’s biggest clubs.
By signing Aekins and recruiting Sean Long as head coach they’re certainly showing intent to make it to the promised land again, after a few failed attempts in years gone by.