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Zak Hardaker talks Leigh Leopards’ rebrand and Derek Beaumont’s Twitter ‘trolls’

Leigh Leopards have almost certainly been the team that have been talked about most in the off-season and for Derek Beaumont he’s often responded to trolls on Twitter thanking them for the heightened attention.

A promoted club will always receive plenty of attention because they bring a new element to the league but factoring in the impressive signings they’ve made and obviously the rebrand means Leigh have caused a huge stir.

One of those key players that they’ve brought in is Zak Hardaker with the former Man of Steel being one of a handful of star signings.

Speaking with The Sportsman Rugby League on their Youtube channel, he’s revealed what the off-season has been like with all that attention surrounding the rebranded Leopards.

“Obviously there’s been quite a lot of talk about the rebranding and then the kits and stuff like that. I know Derek is quite big on Twitter and he really enjoys the back and forth.

“The thing is the more people that speak about it the better for Leigh, so it’s been quite funny watching what has been going on, but us training is the tough bit and we’ve been training really hard and getting on with our training schedules.

“Derek is really excited about the prospect of being back in Super League, he wants to stay there and wants the club to continue something for more than next year. It’s a long process for Derek.”

Specifically asked about the kit that has caused such controversy, particularly on social media, Hardaker was selective with his response.

“It’s different but obviously he’s rebranded with the leopards and he’s put it out there. It’s only the second time I’ve seen it hands on.

“It’s a kit at the end of the day, I think if we played in any colours it doesn’t really matter. We’re playing for the badge, our teammates and the fans and that’s ultimately what we’re playing for.

“The kit is for others to speak about, is is what it is and we’ll just get on with it.”

Hardaker scored a last minute try against his former club, Leeds Rhinos, as the two teams met yesterday to contest the Bev Risman Trophy with Leigh coming out on top in the fixture.

They’ll open their Super League campaign at home to Salford Red Devils on Friday 17th February on Sky Sports.

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