Leigh sign Brierley from Hull KR

Ryan Brierley will return to Leigh Centurions for the third time after signing with the club for the 2021 season.

The Scottish international made his name at the Leigh Sports Village between 2012 and 2016, scoring 133 tries in 125 games to become the club’s fourth all-time top try-scorer.

Since then he’s had spells with Huddersfield, Toronto and Hull KR, playing 10 games for the latter in Super League this season.

Brierley spent the last few months of the 2019 campaign on loan at Leigh after struggling for game-time with Toronto, adding another 11 tries to his impressive haul for the club.

“It’s a pleasure to be back,” Brierley told the club website. “Leigh is the club that shaped me and it’s one of my biggest regrets that I wasn’t part of the team which achieved promotion to Super League. That’s a wrong I want to put right by helping them to win promotion.

“There was a big pull for me to come back to Leigh and I wanted it to happen when I was there on loan in 2019. The timing wasn’t right then but now it is and I can’t wait to come back.

“When I came back to Leigh on loan I was mega impressed with the way John Duffy operates as a coach and technically, he’s the best coach I’ve ever worked with. I’m still only 28 and I feel I am still learning and have a lot I want to achieve in the game.

“There is a strong squad building at Leigh and I’m also close friends with Blake Wallace who is coming from Toronto so that was a massive pull for me. Matty and Jamie are both really good lads and great players and I know they’re excited to be at Leigh for next year.”

Leigh head coach John Duffy added: “Ryan knows the Club inside out and his strike rate for Leigh Centurions is exceptional. He can play in a variety of positions and though in the past he’s been known for his support play, I’ll be looking to give him additional responsibility on the field.

“Ryan is always keen to keep learning and even though he had opportunities to go elsewhere, he was desperate to return to Leigh.”