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Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont takes dig at Sky Sports

Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont will always let people know his opinion.

And, last night was no different; seemingly travelling first-class on an aeroplane somewhere, Beaumont was able to watch Leigh’s game against the Bradford Bulls with no hitch.

Premier Sports has been gaining a lot of praise recently for its selection of punditry and commentary teams and Beaumont was keen to stress his own support for the Championship coverage given by the station.

⁦Beaumont tweeted: “@PremierSportsTV⁩ showing their class above ⁦@SkySportsRL⁩ by enabling subscribers to watch ⁦wherever they are.”

That’s because Sky Sports does not allow subscribers to watch the channel outside of the UK whilst travelling abroad whereas Premier Sports seemingly does.

Twice Leigh have earned promotion to Super League, but twice they have come straight back down the following season.

For owner Beaumont, that has spurred on major changes with his tactics on how to approach a Super League season – if it does indeed come in 2022.

“The big issue I had in 2018 was that I had players on two- or three-year contracts and then we didn’t even make the Championship play-offs,” Beaumont told Serious About Rugby League.

“And it became a massive void that was insurmountable when you’ve got a two million pound gap.

“The lesson learnt from that is I’ve just given one-year contracts so ultimately at the end of the season if we don’t succeed, the club isn’t in a perilous position if I didn’t have the appetite to continue.”

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