Leigh Centurions are back in Super League in 2023 and the jury is out on what they can achieve next season.
The bookies have them 66/1 to win the Grand Final which leaves them with the joint second longest odds to be crowned Super League Champions suggesting that the bookmakers believe they will finish either 10th or 11th next season.
This however would be an improvement on their last three attempts in Super League in 2005, 2017 and 2021 which all ended in relegation which some fans are tipping them for again next year due to the players they will have to let go to meet the quota rules in Super League.
One of the men that the Centurions will likely have in their quota is former Salford man Ben Nakubuwai.
The prop however believes that the Centurions could win a trophy in 2023 and even the Super League trophy.
He told Serious About Rugby League: “I believe the opportunities are endless of what we can achieve in 2023.
“Like any team in this competition I believe we can win a Challenge Cup or even the title at the end.
“Yeah we will have our doubters, but I think if you are competitor why not aim for the big prize, that’s what you train for. You don’t train to be second best.”
The key to success could be coach Adrian Lam who has coached in the Grand Final before with Wigan in 2020.
On Lam, Nakubuwai said: “I enjoyed being coached by him. He shows faith in his players. He keeps it simple doesn’t over complicate and I like the culture he created at leigh. He doesn’t just want good players but good people too.”
However, due to the quota situation, Nakubuwai’s future isn’t quite sure and it has been rumoured that Leeds Rhinos, who are coached by Nakubuwai’s former Norths Devils boss Rohan Smith, are interested.
However, the prop revealed he wasn’t sure of his future: “At this stage I’m still at Leigh. My management is in charge of all my contract negotiations so at this stage I’m not too sure if there is any truth to those rumours.”