LEIGH have further strengthened their squad with the capture of forward Richard Beaumont from St Helens.
The 26-year-old joins the Kingstone Press Championship Champions on a one-year contract.
Beaumont was recently released by St Helens without playing a first-team game after one year of his two-year contract. Born in Hull, Beaumont came through the junior ranks to make his Super League debut with Hull KR in 2011. He made a total of 19 first-team appearances for the Robins before moving to Saints. He played four games on dual registration for Rochdale Hornets during 2014.
An imposing prop forward, Beaumont is 6ft3 and weighs in just short of 16 stones. Though troubled by injury throughout his career, Leigh Centurions head coach Paul Rowley has no doubts that he could still make his mark at the top level.
“Richard is a player we have had a close eye upon over the last few seasons,” Rowley said. “He is a quality player with obvious physical attributes. Richard has been unlucky to have been plagued by injury but we are giving him an opportunity to make his mark at an intensely ambitious club and in a fantastic environment.
“It will be a tough challenge for Richard to make his mark here, but I am sure he will relish the chance he has been given. If he does come through, which I am sure he will, he will add competition and quality to an already immensely strong forward pack.”
Leigh Centurions head of rugby Derek Beaumont said: “Our medical team put Richard through a rigorous assessment which is undertaken by all our players and he came through that without issue leaving me, Paul and the team extremely excited to have Richard with us next year.
“He is the biggest lad at the club and comes into a core unit that already has some quality firepower which was very dominant this season. He will add to that and relish the opportunity of returning to playing in Super League with Leigh Centurions.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Leigh Independent Supporters Associtaion for their continued support which enabled us to sign Richard. The continual support has brought in many players over the years and it is pleasing to see this continue going forward. We are extremely grateful to what LISA provides to the team in terms of increased playing budget for first grade and the reserves. Their members should feel very proud and part of the success to which they have contributed.”