Leigh Leopards capable of signing “the best player of the World Cup” says rugby league agent

Derek Beaumont made a statement last week when he rebranded the Leigh Centurions as the Leigh Leopards.

He also announced 12 signings as the newly promoted club seems determined to avoid relegation like in 2005, 2017 and 2021 and instead want to push for play-off rugby.

They signed Leeds Rhinos duo Zak Hardaker and Tom Briscoe whilst St Helens youngsters Aaron Smith and Tom Nisbet made the permanent switch from Saints to Leigh after spending last year on loan with the club.

Castleford Tiger’s Gareth O’Brien, Huddersfield Giants’ Ricky Leutele and Newcastle Thunder’s Nathan Wilde were also brought to the club.

Meanwhile, five players were brought in from Warrington in the shape of Jack Hughes, Oliver Holmes, Matt Davis, Rob Mulhern and Jacob Gannon.

However, their transfer business isn’t necessarily over yet.

Derek Beaumont confirmed on Twitter this week that Director of Rugby Chris Chester is still in the market predominately looking for a middle forward.

However, in the eyes of high profile rugby league agent Craig Harrison that could be just the tip of the iceberg.

Harrison, speaking on his YouTube channel Show Me The Money Rugby League TV in a brilliant special called Inside the Deal surrounding Leigh’s business, said that he believes now in Super League, Beaumont will have the pulling power and money to tempt the world’s best players including the best player of the World Cup.

“He’s capable of going to sign the best player of the World Cup,” Harrison said before adding that he thinks Beaumont could feasibly sign anyone mid-season:

“I think Derek’s capable of going at any moment this season, I’ll have him”

Watch the rest of the fantastic special here:

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