Super League promotion cost: Derek Beaumont reveals remarkable amount of money he has invested in Leigh Centurions in 2022

Derek Beaumont is one of the most committed and outspoken owners in the world of rugby league.

Credit to the Leigh Centurions owner, he puts his money where his mouth is and is certainly doing that in 2022 as he attempts to bankroll the Lancashire club into Super League.

After bringing in Chris Chester as head of rugby and then Adrian Lam as head coach, Beaumont set about rebuilding the squad with the input of the two former Super League coaches.

The likes of Blake Ferguson, John Asiata, Lachlan Lam and Nene MacDonald have all made big moves to the Leigh Sports Village, with Beaumont revealing just how much of his own personal money he is putting in this year.

“Someone is putting money in at Fev more so, I’m open about what I’m putting in which is three quarters of a million pounds this year,” Beaumont told the Dockhouse Rugby Show.

“The sport has to look at growing to ensure those clubs that don’t have a benefactor can compete; that means the whole sport gets a better commercial value so that it can fund those clubs without a benefactor.”

Beaumont also believes that the sport must have wealthy backers in order to move forward in such a way that can challenge other sports.

“Even in Super League, you look at clubs there and they are largely successful from benefactors putting money in – Warrington have Simon (Moran) and Stuart (Middleton).

“Wigan have Ian Lenagan and Marwan (Koukash) did the same with Salford, when he left they made the Grand Final and Challenge Cup Final.”

With Leigh almost destined for Super League, the time for recruitment never stops with even Wigan Warriors star Bevan French linked with a move to the club.

It’s fair to say, this Leigh side at present is the best side that the Championship has ever seen and it would certainly do damage in the top flight.

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