Leigh Centurions set for more big name signings

Leigh Centurions head Chris Chester has hinted that there will be more big name signings to come through the doors at the Leigh Sports Village.

The Centurions have already added the likes of Jy Hitchcox, Joe Wardle and Ata Hingano, but signed two impressive NRL recruits in the week with Nene Macdonald and Tom Amone.

And, now Chester has revealed just how those two NRL signings came about.

“The Nene one came about through my first discussions between myself and Adrian (Lam) – Adrian threw up his name so we contracted his manager,” Chester told Leigh TV.

“At one point we thought it was dead in the water but the next he was signing a contract.

“With Nene, what we’ve got is a player with probably a point to prove. He’s 27-year-old, he has got a lot of NRL experience and he’s been in plenty of good systems.

“He is a player who is going to score plenty of tries. This guy is a genuine NRL player and is going to be an exciting player for Leigh Centurions.

“I’m delighted to get his signature on the paper as I am with Tom.

“Tom had plenty of interest from the NRL but Lammy’s relationship with his manager Sam Ayoub really helped in that one as did my relationship with Tom’s extended family as well.

“I just felt that was a really important step for us in both signings, but especially Tom.”

The former Wakefield Trinity boss also hinted that more will follow as they enter into and continue discussions with agents, both in Australia and the UK.

“Looking at the size of the squad, the middles are one area in which we needed to strengthen and we did that and we will continue to do that over the next few weeks.

“I understand sometimes fans’ frustrations in not getting the signings out, but sometimes these things take a bit of time.

“We are doing a lot of work with the agents overseas and agents over here.

“These things take time, I know we haven’t got a great deal of time, we start at the end of January. But it is really important that we get the right people on board.”

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