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Leigh Centurions snap up impressive Wigan Warriors man on loan

Leigh Centurions have announced the signing of second-rower/centre James McDonnell on a month’s loan from Wigan Warriors.

The 22-year-old most recently played for York City Knights on loan in the 2021 Betfred Championship season.

Head Coach Adrian Lam said: “I have coached James for a couple of years now and he is a great young talent with a bright future.

“He also has a traditional bit of the back rower about him, as he is a strong defender and uncompromising.

“James runs great lines and has a real presence on the field.

“He is important to our squad, as we are a little light on back rowers and James will bring youth, energy and enthusiasm to the playing squad.”

During his 2019 season in academy rugby, McDonnell impressively scored 19 tries in as many games.

McDonnell made his debut in the Betfred Super League for Wigan in September 2020 against St Helens.

He played seven games for York in the 2021 season and two further Super League games for Wigan, scoring what was voted the club’s Try of the Season against Catalans Dragons in September last year.

Meanwhile, Leigh began their Championship campaign off with a bang at the weekend, thrashing Whitehaven as Lam’s men look to a swift return to Super League.

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