Exclusive: Caleb Aekins expects Leigh Centurions to upset a few in the Challenge Cup and admits he’s eager to “get into Super League and stay there”

New Zealander Caleb Aekins has set his sights on a possible run in the Challenge Cup this season.

The Leigh Centurions full-back is confident his new club can give a good account of themselves in the tournament and can compete with the very best for the prestigious award.

He said, “I think we have a team who can compete with some of those top teams in the Super League.

“We had a good hit out away at St Helens very recently. They came out on top but it showed us where we were.

“I do not think we are quite there yet but I think we will be after the first few rounds of the season and I think we could have a good hack at the Challenge Cup.”

However, many would argue that the clubs’ main priority is an immediate return to the Betfred Super League.

Leigh repeated unwanted history last year as they were relegated back to the Betfred Championship for the third time in the summer era.

Aekins admitted it is one of his goals to not only help the Centurions back to Super League but also overcome the hurdle of ‘one-season wonders’ that has haunted them for almost two decades.

“There is a good crew that has been put together here,” Aekins added.

“I think that is the plan going forward, to get into the Super League and stay there because they have admitted that Leigh been known for being a ‘yo-yo’ team.

“I am hoping we can change that with the squad we have got and be able to keep it together going forward.”

The Centurions begin their promotion push today against Whitehaven at 3pm where a two minute applause will take place after two minutes for Leigh legend Des Drummond who passed away yesterday at the age of 63.

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