AUSTRALIAN fullback or winger Curtis Johnston has joined Leigh Centurions for the coming season.
The 25-year-old has penned a one-year contract with the club having the option of another year.
Johnston has been one of the outstanding players in the NSW Cup competition in recent seasons with North Sydney Bears for whom he has played more than 100 times. In the last four seasons he has scored a total of 76 tries.
Johnston had a spell with South Sydney Rabbitohs, training full-time without being able to break into their NRL side. He recently turned down the opportunity to extend his career with the Bears to pursue his options elsewhere and was linked with a move to the NRL before Leigh’s contract offer.
Leigh Centurions head coach Paul Rowley said: “Curtis comes to us with good recommendations and from what I have heard of him I am sure he will make the most of this opportunity. He is fortunate to be joining a special environment where competition for places in every position is fierce but where the team ethic is strong.
“Curtis will be aware of the challenge he faces to establish himself here but he is coming from a good set-up and he will be given every opportunity.
“There is now an unbelievable competition for places throughout our full-time squad and I am sure Curtis will quickly realise this and react accordingly. There is a great tradition of Australian players becoming great favourites at Leigh and Curtis has the chance to follow in some illustrious footsteps.”