Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont if one of the most outspoken owners in rugby league.
But, whilst that has sometimes been criticised, Beaumont is a superb owner who puts his money where his mouth is.
After Leigh’s demolition of all Championship challengers so far in 2022, it appears as though the Lancashire club are more than ready for Super League.
That being said, it hasn’t stopped Beaumont and Leigh from being attacked by critics on social media.
One person stated: “Can’t have a team of Aussies in Super League like Champ (Championship) another new team for next season.”
That person was, of course, referencing the 13 overseas players that Leigh currently have on their books: Caleb Aekins, Krisnan Inu, Blake Ferguson, Tom Amone, John Asiata, Mark Ioane, Jy Hitchcox, Nene MacDonald, Edwin Ipape, Kai O’Donnell, Sam Stone, Ben Nakubuwai and Lachlan Lam.
However, Beaumont gave a staunch defence of his side under Adrian Lam, detailing that: “Really? We had 9 overseas players in our 17 against Widnes on Sunday and the same against York the week before scoring 100 points. We can have 7 in SL your point isn’t valid and I know who else we have added for next year. No new team here but lots of green eyes on us.”
Really? We had 9 overseas players in our 17 against Widnes on Sunday and the same against York the week before scoring 100 points. We can have 7 in SL your point isn’t valid and I know who else we have added for next year. No new team here but lots of green eyes on us 😎 https://t.co/rn20VWRi7r
— Derek john beaumont (@derek_beaumont) August 30, 2022
It will be interesting to see who those new signings will be with the likes of Warrington Wolves captain Jack Hughes and forward Robbie Mulhern just some of those linked with a move for 2023.
Blake Ferguson, Lachlan Lam and Edwin Ipape have already signed deals for 2022 regardless of what league Leigh find themselves in but it is perfectly obvious that Beaumont and the whole club are working towards Super League.
The Centurions have lost just once all season – and that was to nearest rivals Featherstone Rovers in just round two back on that mud-soaked pitch in West Yorkshire.