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Leon Pryce honesty on owner Derek Beaumont and Leigh Centurions

Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont is determined to get his club back into the Super League after being relegated in 2021.

Twice they have earned promotion to Super League, but twice they have come straight back down the following season.

But, Premier Sports pundit Leon Pryce believes Leigh has a Super League ‘feel’ about it even if they need to do their talking on the pitch.

“The owner puts in a lot, he buys big player and bigs names,” Pryce said.

“It’s got a Super League feel about it, but you’ve go to earn it by winning on the field.

For owner Derek Beaumont, the relegation in 2021 has spurred on major changes with his tactics on how to approach a Super League season – if it does indeed come in 2022.

“The big issue I had in 2018 was that I had players on two- or three-year contracts and then we didn’t even make the Championship play-offs,” Beaumont told Serious About Rugby League.

“And it became a massive void that was insurmountable when you’ve got a two million pound gap.

“The lesson learnt from that is I’ve just given one-year contracts so ultimately at the end of the season if we don’t succeed, the club isn’t in a perilous position if I didn’t have the appetite to continue.”

Beaumont is, however, determined to help Leigh reach the top flight once more.

“It’s been ten years since I got hold of the club and we’ve had highs and lows and we’ve had a go in Super League twice and come down.

“We had the hassle in 2018 and I’m not giving up as everything I’ve spent so far would be in vain if I did that.”

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