Derek Beaumont has made some bold decisions recently as part of Leigh Centurions’ rebrand as the Leigh Leopards.
Some pushed back against this idea but Wigan Warriors CEO has explained that Beaumont is good for the sport.
“What Derek and Jukesy are doing is really exciting for the sport as well,” he said on Leigh’s YouTube channel.
“Earlier on in the season I text Derek and said ‘the sport needs disruptors’, I think he’s disrupting and doing things differently and that has to be good for where we’re going as a sport.
“I’m really looking forward to Thursday night’s game but also the event and the hype building up to it just feels different.”
Meanwhile, Beaumont underlined his ambition to see a Wigan vs Leigh major final:
“As much as we like to see Wigan be successful, how good would it be if one day we’ve got a Challenge Cup Final that was Wigan vs Leigh, or a Grand Final, a semi-final in the playoffs?
“I just think it’d be absolutely massive, last year we won the 1895 Cup and then watched Wigan win the Challenge Cup. I really enjoyed that day, how good would it be to hand that 1895 Cup over this year to someone and then take part in the final?
“That’s what dreams are made of but hopefully one of us, if not both, will get there.”