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
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.
Tries: Sidlow, Brierley 3, Stone Goals: Brierley 3
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.