New Leigh Centurions halfback Jarrod Sammut has said he is confident of achieving success at the Championship club.
Speaking exclusively to SARL after Leigh’s 12-6 derby victory over Wigan, former Warrior Sammut told us he had high hopes for the new season ahead.
The Maltese International was an integral part of the London side which sensationally gained promotion two years ago with a win at Toronto in the Million Pound Game .
He went on to say: “If you have a look at us across the board we have a really good squad , some experienced players that have played at the highest level.”
He did have a word of caution though: “We can’t get too far ahead of ourselves, each year the Championship is getting better and better.
“There’s no dead set stand outs for the comp , but we do hold ourselves in high regard and hope by the end of the year we are there or thereabouts.”
The Malta International halfback went on to say settling in at Leigh Sports Village was easy: “I knew half the lads already , I’ve either played with or against them.
“So, it’s been quite easy to settle in, I’ve just had to adapt to a new training regime.”
When asked what it was like playing against his old teammates, he explained: “You don’t really acknowledge alternates on the field, you’ve got your own things you need to take care of, so it’s just taking care of your role and making sure you’re directing and getting your team about the park and trying to be as consistent as you can.”
On pre-season, Sammut, who also played in the Championship for Workington, said: “It’s been slow to start, a difference for me is half the side being full time and the other half part time , bringing everybody together.
“Collectively as a group we’re hitting our straps slowly but surely and moving in the right direction. At the same time though we don’t want to be looking at ourselves now saying we’re at top form. We need to be getting better each week.”
Leigh start their Betfred Championship campaign at Dewsbury next week, a ground Sammut is familiar with.
“Where ever I am it always seems to be Dewsbury away early. It be nice to go there when it’s sunny on a dry pitch,” he joked.
“You have to adjust, there’s 2 points on offer and we want to start the season well.”
He finished by explaining his prospects for his former employers from up the road, particularly the young players that played last night.
“They’ve got a really good set up there, they’ve won about eight of the last ten comps at that level.
“The players they’ve got coming through do the business, they threw some good shapes at us tonight, they do the right things and are a successful side.”