Leigh Centurions snap up St Helens man on short-term deal

Leigh Centurions have been increasingly active in the transfer market ahead of the deadline next week.

Retention has been the key for Adrian Lam’s men in recent weeks with Joe Wardle, Ed Chamberlain and Edwin Ipape penning new deals whilst the Centurions are still on the lookout for new blood.

Well, St Helens forward James Bell has joined Leigh Centurions on dual-registration ahead of their forthcoming game against Dewsbury on Sunday.

Bell joined the Saints from Leigh at the start of this campaign, but with competition for places in the forward pack, fierce, Bell has been limited to just seven appearances.

St Helens has had a long-standing dual-registration partnership with Leigh over the past four seasons which has seen the likes of Tom Nisbet and Aaron Smith join the Championship outfit on loan.

And that has continued with the Scotland International, Bell being included in Leigh’s squad to face Dewsbury on Sunday at the Tetley Stadium at 3pm.

Meanwhile, Ed Chamberlain, 26, has signed a new deal with the Centurions.

After committing his immediate future to the Club Chamberlain said: “I’m really happy to have signed the new deal.

“This year has been a really good run with the boys and both Lammy (Adrian Lam) and Chezy (Chris Chester) have put together a really good squad.

“I can’t wait to, hopefully, get us up to Super League and be a part of that for the next two years.

“Lammy and Chezy have been really good for me. They’ve both worked really hard to get this squad in the shape that it is.

“On Adrian, should we get promoted, I know he is a very good coach and I can only see bigger and better things happening for both this club and me personally going forward.”

Chamberlain started his career off by coming through the youth ranks at Widnes Vikings, where he gained experience in both League One and Championship out on loan at Whitehaven, Workington Town and Bradford Bulls.

In the midst of these loan spells, Chamberlain made both his Super League debut for Widnes in 2016 as well as his international debut for Ireland against Italy in the 2017 World Cup.

His final loan spell at Salford Red Devils was an impressive one. So much so, he signed for the club on a permanent basis in 2019.

During his time at Salford, Chamberlain was sent on loan to London Broncos, in 2020 and 2021, before joining the Centurions at the start of the current season.

Head of Rugby Chris Chester said: “Ed has been arguably one of our most consistent players this season.

“His performances this season have warranted this new deal and we are well aware we can’t carry everyone into 2023. But it’s important to get our best British talent signed up and Ed is definitely one of them.

“All the staff and I are looking forward to continuing to work with him in the next few seasons and watching how he develops.”

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