Leigh Centurions’ new signing Jai Whitbread has landed in the UK ahead of joining up with his new club.
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The 23-year-old was born in Queensland but brought up in New South Wales and is the son of former Canterbury Bulldogs and Gold Coast Giants player Greg Whitbread.
Whitbread said upon his move :“I started playing when I was about seven and my dad played for a few clubs over here (in Australia) and I loved the game.
“I think I’ve been playing some good footy here and I’m looking forward to adapting my game and getting used to Super League – it’s a tough competition.”
Leigh Centurions interim head coach Kurt Haggerty was pleased to have Whitbread on board. He said: “It’s a major coup for us. Jai’s a front rower who can play at loose forward. He is good with the ball and also very tough defensively. I’m sure he will fit in really well and I’m looking forward to having him on board.
“It’s a good sign for us that we are able to attract a player with such potential who already has plenty of experience in the NRL.”
As a teenager, his junior clubs were the Burleigh Bears and the South Tweed Bears. He represented New South Wales under 16s and played for Brisbane Broncos under 20s. Whitbread made his senior debut for the Titans against Sydney Roosters in 2018.