If there is one team that deserves to be in Super League, it is the Leigh Centurions.
The way in which the Lancashire club have gone about this year in the Championship has been incredibly unique, spending huge amounts of money in order to achieve promotion to Super League.
Owner Derek Beaumont has bankrolled the club with his own money, with The Game Caller on The Full Eighty Minutes podcast revealing that “£1.4 million” had been spent by the Centurions.
Signing such as Blake Ferguson, Lachlan Lam, Nene MacDonald and Josh Charnley will command big wages and will not come cheap, but that is the price Beaumont has been paying for class that can not only get his team into Super League but that can stay in the top flight.
Head coach Adrian Lam has been key in picking out new arrivals such as his son Lachlan who had been plying his trade with the Sydney Roosters before he was coaxed to the Leigh Sports Village, but credit must also go to head of rugby Chris Chester.
Having been released from Wakefield Trinity, Chester sat out of the game for a while but was asked by Beaumont to help his Leigh revolution and he has done just that with some incredible signings.
Of course, with 13 quota spaces currently occupied, it means that six of those will have to leave ahead of the 2023 Super League season – if of course Leigh do actually reach the top flight which is another debate altogether.
The Centurions have, however, been linked with the likes of Robbie Mulhern, Matt Davis and Jack Hughes as Lam, Chester and Beaumont try to aim for more British players in order to balance the roster for 2023.
Other departures such as Mark Ioane and Jy Hitchcox are set to be announced, but that £1.4 million will surely be a price worth paying if, in a few years’ time, Leigh are sat in the Super League play-offs.