Leigh Centurions are gearing up for Super League, make no bones about it.
The club have signed the likes of Blake Ferguson, Lachlan Lam and Nene MacDonald as they attempt to reach the top flight for the second time in three years, hoping to bounce back immediately from relegation in 2021.
Credit must go to the Centurions owner Derek Beaumont who has been instrumental in bankrolling the club, with Adrian Lam as head coach and Chris Chester as head of rugby.
The camp at the Leigh Sports Village seems harmonious with everyone pulling in the same direction. And, it’s quite obvious to see how much the players are enjoying themselves when they are out on the field.
However, the disparity between Leigh and the rest of the Championship in terms of spending might is evident, and, leading rugby league agent Craig Harrison of Show Me The Money UK, has revealed just how much Leigh are going for it this season.
“There’s a big if in there,” Harrison said on The Full Eighty Minutes podcast.
“As an agent deciding deals, and with Derek spending £1.9 million, if they did stay in the Championship, would we have a £1.9 million team in the Championship or do they have clauses?”
Of course, a number of those players that have signed such as Ferguson and Edwin Ipape, have signed deals regardless of which league the Centurions are in which is an incredible feat from the Leigh club to have been able to do that.
And, with Beaumont’s recruitment drive, it is evident that he has learnt from previous years.
The Leigh owner has been vocal about not being left until the last to look around for scraps as a Super League side, so he is clearly planning for the very near future.