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‘I should have died’ – Derek Beaumont opens up on near-death experience

Derek Beaumont

Derek Beaumont is one of the biggest characters in rugby league.

The Leigh owner recently rebranded the Leigh Centurions as the Leigh Leopards making some huge signings including bringing in the likes of Zak Hardaker from Leeds Rhinos and Ricky Leutele from the Huddersfield Giants.

Beyond this he is a great talker and always raises the profile of rugby league especially with the work he has done to get top entertainment at the Leigh Sports Village such as Scouting For Girls.

However, Beaumont revealed on the Eddie and Stevo podcast that he perhaps shouldn’t be here after a near death experience.

“I always said I would be a millionaire at 40 and dead at 50. So when that birthday came for 50 I actually thought I had wrote my own book here,” he said.

“I’ve had a few near misses with the cycling and then I had the very, very near miss with the anaphylactic shock in South Africa.

“Everybody said I should have died. It was one of those where it took some real getting over it.

“I then had some anxiety coming into this birthday because I was turning 52 and I had a lot of things going on and I was wondering if that’s the two years I have been given back from Covid and this is the real time to go, is this the real 50? – But I’m over all that now.”

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