Warrington Wolves winger Josh Charnley has joined Leigh Centurions on-loan until the end of the signing with a view to signing permanently on a two-year deal from 2023 onwards.
After being almost part of the furniture at the Halliwell Jones Stadium for almost five seasons, Charnley has found himself on the periphery of new head coach Daryl Powell’s thinking in 2022.
And, now he has revealed just why he has taken the chance to move to Leigh – where big things are happening as the Centurions sit top of the Championship table.
Charnley said: “I’m really excited at this opportunity to play for Leigh, become part of the team and contribute towards helping them get up to Super League where they belong.
“I’ve been watching them the past few weeks and the team seems like they’re in a good place.
“I’ll be looking to help out in any way possible, if that means helping to mentor the younger boys in the squad then yes I can’t wait.
“Lammy seems to have the lads playing some good rugby and I’m excited to be added to the team. I’ve been extremely lucky to play alongside some of the best and they’ve helped me a lot in my career as a younger player and I still have players that I look up to and won’t forget some of the lessons and advice they taught and gave to me.
“It would be an honour if I could impact someone’s career in the same way.
Charnley also revealed that the opportunity to work with head of rugby Chris Chester again is an exciting one.
“I was lucky enough to be able to get coached by Chris (Chester) in 2010 and we’ve crossed tracks before. When we spoke on the phone he asked about my life off the field as well and about my family. Family is a big one for me. He’s an honest bloke and said it how it is and I respect that so him being there is a bonus.
“There’s a few of the boys I know and have played alongside. I started with Joe Mellor back at Wigan so I’m excited to start and be a part of the group.
“I just want to enjoy my rugby again. The last few years been difficult on and off the field. I want to get back playing my best rugby again cause I’m far from finished and I’ve got a lot to give so let’s go Leythers!”