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St Helens and Leigh Centurions have confirmed they will enter a dual-registration next season, after the two clubs forged close links through the appointment of Keiron :)ningham as Leigh’s director of rugby, who left last August. Kieron :)ningham’s son Jonah and prop Greg Richards were among the players to have spent time with Leigh in 2018, but the two clubs have now entered a formal partnership, which St Helens previously had with Sheffield Eagles last season.

The Centurions had a frantic off-season, after an exodus of players left them in need of some major recruitment, but they seemingly turned around their fortunes for 2019 with the signings of the likes of Martyn Ridyard from Featherstone, Iain Thornley from Catalans, Stefan Marsh from Widnes and Greg McNally from Bradford Bulls, among others.

Leigh have announced their 2019 squad numbers:

1 Gregg McNally
2 Jonny Pownall
3 Iain Thornley
4 Jack Higginson
5 Stefan Marsh
6 Martyn Ridyard
7 Josh Woods
8 Tom Spencer
9 Micky Higham (c)
10 Sam Brooks
11 Toby Adamson
12 Andy Thornley
13 Luke Adamson
14 Oliver Russell
15 Joe Cator
16 Andy Bracek
17 Nick Gregson
18 Dec O’Donnell
19 Mitch Cox
20 Ben Sims
21 Brad Holroyd
 

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Wigan Warriors prop forward Ben Flower has left the Super League club to join Championship side Leigh Centurions ahead of the 2021 season.

The 33-year-old Wales international joined Wigan from Crusaders from 2012 and has played 217 Super League games.

Whilst at Wigan, Flower won three Grand Finals as well as a Challenge Cup and two League Leaders' Shields.
 

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Leigh Centurions will play in Betfred Super League in 2021 following the unanimous decision of an independent panel led by Lord Caine.

The process to invite a 12th team to play in 2021 began on November 2 after the rejection of Toronto Wolfpack’s application to return to the competition following their withdrawal from the 2020 season.
 

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Newly-promoted Leigh Centurions have signed centre Keanan Brand on loan from fellow Super League side Warrington.

The 21-year-old, who can also play on the wing, made three appearances for Wire in the 2020 campaign.

Brand won the Championship's young player of the year award in 2019 while at Widnes after scoring nine tries.
 

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Newly promoted Super League side Leigh have signed Scotland international Lewis Tierney from Catalans Dragons.

The 26-year-old back, who had a year to run on his contract in Perpignan, has signed an undisclosed-length deal.

Scotland international Tierney is the son of former England rugby union World Cup winner and dual code international Jason Robinson.

He becomes the second player signed by Leigh since their return to the top flight was announced on 14 December.
 

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Leigh Centurions have appointed former Great Britain forward Garreth Carvell has head of rugby ahead of their return to Super League.

The 40-year-old was working full-time with the Rugby League Players Association but quit to take the role.

The ex-Leeds, Gateshead, Warrington, Hull and Castleford player will work alongside head coach John Duffy.
 

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Leigh Centurions have signed Ireland international Tyrone McCarthy, who had been without a club since leaving Salford after the end of last season.

Back-rower McCarthy scored one try in 18 games for the Red Devils in 2020 and featured in the Challenge Cup final defeat by Leeds at Wembley.

He spent time on loan to Leigh from Warrington in 2010, and has NRL experience with St George Illawarra.
 

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Leigh Centurions head coach John Duffy has left the club after an eight-game losing run in the 2021 Super League.
 

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Leigh Centurions have signed back-rower Sam Stone and prop Jai Whitbread from Australian National Rugby League side Gold Coast Titans.

The pair, both 23, join with immediate effect, having been part of Justin Holbrook's squad at the Titans in 2021.

Stone, the son of former Huddersfield boss Rick Stone, has played 39 NRL games and scored five tries for Newcastle and Gold Coast in total.

Whitbread played 30 games for the Titans following his 2018 debut.

He also had a spell in age groups with Brisbane Broncos before following in father Greg's footsteps to play first grade on the Gold Coast.
 

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Leigh Centurions have signed Jack Logan from Batley Bulldogs with immediate effect, while St Helens hooker Josh Eaves and back-row Matty Foster join on a one-week loan deal.

Outside-back Logan, 25, recently ended a loan at boyhood club Hull and joins the Centurions on a deal until the end of the season.

Foster, 20, and 23-year-old Eaves had previous spells cut short by injury.

All three players are available for Sunday's game against Hull KR.
 

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Former Salford owner Marwan Koukash is keen to reinvest in rugby league and says he is hopeful of teaming up with Derek Beaumont at Leigh Centurions.

The businessman and racehorse owner handed over control of Salford to a community trust in 2017, four years after stepping in to save the club.

Beaumont owns Super League side Leigh, beginning a second stint there in 2013.
 

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Betfred Super League
Leigh (10) 26
Tries: Sidlow, Brierley 3, Stone Goals: Brierley 3
Wakefield (18)
Tries: Lyne, Tanginoa, Kershaw Goals: Lino 3

Ryan Brierley's hat-trick ensured Leigh Centurions gave their fans a moment to savour in victory over Wakefield, despite their impending relegation.

Leigh raced into the lead after tries from Adam Sidlow and Brierley, before Reece Lyne, Kelepi Tanginoa and Lee Kershaw's scores put Trinity 18-10 up.

Brierley picked up two more for his treble before Sam Stone crossed as the home side roared back in front.

Wakefield fought to the end, but Leigh hung on for a second league win.

This result, in the penultimate round of a tough campaign for the Centurions, also followed a public criticism of the players from owner Derek Beaumont in his programme notes for the game.

Whether or not the group were aware of the words, they showed a level of intent and intensity that would delight interim coach Kurt Haggerty and stun a Trinity side who have made strides under Willie Poching.