Phil Clarke has been very impressed with Leigh Leopards following their promotion to Super League.
Clarke said on Sky Sports that he is sure they will stay up easily in 2023 despite the fact newly promoted teams traditionally struggle:
“There are a few things that make me think that not only will they stay up easily but they have an outside chance of making the play-offs and they are, they make good ground with the ball, they compete with the teams in the matches they play.
“If you look at promoted teams in the past few years, they tend to tire in games but not Leigh so far. In the last 20 minutes of games they have played they score more points in the last 20 minutes than any other quarter.
“They are so strong in that final period. Fitness usually comes in it but not for Leigh.”
Clarke has claimed that they have m0re potential than any side and could make further signings:
“They have more potential than any other side in the league, they just need more time on the field together.
“Several Super League sides I think will make signings from this country or overseas. Who gets the best one we don’t know and we will have to wait and see.
“Leigh have the potential if he wants to continue to spend and they have the salary cap space I don’t see why not.”