Leigh Centurions set for major exits ahead of potential Super League promotion with Adrian Lam and Derek Beaumont tinkering with squad

Leigh Centurions have been one of the most interesting Championship sides perhaps in history.

They started the 2022 campaign off slowly, losing to Featherstone Rovers in the second game of the season, before going on an amazing winning run that has yet to be broken.

Leigh have played Featherstone three times since that round two defeat and each time have overcome with greater ease.

An 1895 Cup win under their belts and top spot pretty much nailed on now, the Centurions will be hoping to canter all the way to the Million Pound Game and get one over on their Championship rivals one last time.

A victory in that final would send them back into Super League at the first time of asking following their relegation back in 2021.

That relegation has spurred on owner Derek Beaumont to build a formidable side as possible with head coach Adrian Lam and director of rugby Chris Chester helping to lure the likes of Lachlan Lam, Caleb Aekins and Blake Ferguson to UK shores.

The only trouble with Leigh’s incredible recruitment drive is the fact that a number of those overseas players will have to leave once they get promoted due to quota restrictions in Super League.

So, whilst Leigh currently have a plethora of overseas stars in the shape of Lam, Aekins, Ferguson, Tom Amone, Nene MacDonald, John Asiata, Kai O’Donnell, Krisnan Inu, Edwin Ipape, Ata Hingano, Jy Hitchcox, Mark Ioane and Sam Stone, six of those will have to leave if Leigh make the the top flight for 2023.

With Lam, Ferguson and Ipape already locked in, just four more overseas players from that list can stay, and, whilst Nene MacDonald is expected to join the Leeds Rhinos, Huddersfield Giants’ Ricky Leutele has been linked with a move to the Leigh Sports Village.

It’s an exciting time to be a Centurions fan and there are plenty of twists and turns left.

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Michael W
Michael W
1 month ago

Asiata, Ferguson, Lam, McDonald & Ipape all announced as having deals for next year & beyond. Two quota places to fill if we’re in SL next season.