Leigh Centurions have confirmed the loan signings of St Helens youngsters Josh Eaves and Matty Foster along with Nathan Roebuck and Tom Burnett from Warrington Wolves.
All will be available for Leigh’s final pre-season warm-up game of the season when they take on Warrington Wolves on Friday evening, a game which is also former Leigh star Chris Hill’s testimonial.
Eaves is no stranger to Leigh, having played for the club on loan in 2019 where he scored four tries in eight appearances. He has also played at Whitehaven on loan. Alongside those loan spells, hooker Eaves has made three senior appearances for Saints, scoring one try.
A product of the Blackbrook amateur club, Matty Foster progressed through the Saints scholarship and represented England at under-16s level and also Lancashire Academy. Foster made his Saints senior debut against Salford in the Super League last year.
Leigh Centurions head coach John Duffy said: “We are continually looking for players to add to our squad and we have an excellent relationship with Saints and their CEO Mike Rush and head coach Kristian Woolf.
“Josh has played for us before and we know all about him and what he will bring to the club. We have been watching Matty towards the end of last season and start of this. They are two good, young, keen Super League players who will add youthfulness and enthusiasm and push for places in the team and bring out the best in others.”
Nathan Roebuck and Tom Burnett arrive at Leigh Centurions on an initial two-week loan with an option to extend. Both will be available to feature for the Centurions in this Friday’s pre-season fixture against the Wolves as well as Leigh’s opening Super League fixture against Wigan Warriors.
A 21-year-old outside-back, Roebuck joined Warrington’s Academy in 2018 and made a try-scoring first-team debut against Salford last September. He originally started his league pathway with the famous Saddleworth Rangers Club.
Burnett is an 18-year-old Burnett is a product of the Wolves’ academy and scholarship systems, excelling at centre.
Duffy said: “I watched Nathan last year in a very youthful Warrington team that played Salford. Keanan Brand also played in that game. Nathan made 17 carries and impressed as a big, powerful unit who will benefit from the experience he will get with us.”
“Tom is a big, athletic outside back who will add youthful experience and hopefully also get some game time during his time with us. I’d like to thank the Warrington CEO Karl Fitzpatrick and his coaching staff for making these players available and adding value to our squad.”
All four players are on initial two-week loan deals with the option to extend.