Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont is one of the most divisive characters in the world of rugby league.
He wears his heart on his sleeve and is always willing to go the extra mile for his club as well as for his charity fundraisers, but Beaumont’s dream looks to be finally within reaching distance this season.
The Centurions have been in inspired form in 2022, winning all but one of their games in the Championship and 1895 Cup – and their defeat came in the early rounds to Featherstone Rovers.
Now, though, after bringing in the likes of Blake Ferguson, Lachlan Lam and Nene MacDonald, Leigh look destined for the top flight – and Beaumont’s goal is to not only stay in the Super League, but win something.
“The goal for 2022 is to get promoted to Super League and win the treble so the 1895 Cup, win the league and win the Grand Final,” Beaumont told the Dockhouse Rugby Show.
“2023 is to finish in the top half of Super League.
“Then, 2024 is to finish in the top four (of Super League) and 2025 is to get in the Grand Final and at some point win the Challenge Cup Final along the way. That’s what we are recruiting towards.
“That’s where I believe our club can be, managed correctly with the people we’ve got and growing it.”
It’s a bold statement and a big aim, but Beaumont puts his money where his mouth is and should be commended for the way in which he has turned things around at the Leigh Sports Village.
The club were relegated from the top flight at the end of 2021, but the Leigh owner has created a superb coaching staff and bankrolled a brilliant team that wouldn’t look out of place in the Super League play-offs.
The task of getting there now lies on head coach Adrian Lam’s shoulders to get the best out of his players and propel the Centurions back into the top flight.