Centurion Goulden signs full-time deal

Leigh forward Tommy Goulden. Photo: Brian King
Leigh forward Tommy Goulden. Photo: Brian King

TOMMY Goulden has become the latest player to sign a full-time contract with Leigh Centurions.

The second rower has signed a one-year deal that will commence in December 2014 with a further one-year option.

The 32-year-old has been in outstanding form for the Centurions this season and has now scored 46 tries in 125 appearances for the club since his debut in 2010.

Goulden originally signed for his hometown club during Ian Millward’s time as coach having started his professional career with Rochdale Hornets in 2005 and later having two years at Oldham. He is closing in on the landmark of one hundred career tries, having scored 89 in 224 games.

He turned professional after a sparkling amateur career that saw him earn County and International honours. He had the honour of captaining his country in the Victory Cup of 2004 and toured Australia later that season. He also helped Leigh Miners win the National Conference title in 2004-05.

Leigh coach Paul Rowley said: “If ever a bloke earned a full-time playing contract it is Tommy. He epitomizes everything that we are trying to achieve at the Centurions and is so well respected and valued by the fans, his peers and the staff.

“That is testament to the way he has earned a full-time contract. I am delighted that Tommy now has the opportunity to be a full-time rugby player. It is something he will really appreciate and he will ensure he makes the best of it.”