Leigh Centurions may have missed out on a Grand Final place, but Coach Paul Rowley and his staff are already planning to improve on this campaign by setting their targets for 2013!
Just what those targets are, Rowley, as ever, likes to keep close to his chest. But with a second place finish this year, despite the club staring from the depths of despair as they narrowly avoided going out of business at the end of 2011, Rowley’s own mantra of looking for improvement every performance can only suggest that silverware has to be the club’s priority.
Of course, it’s a big year for any club with ambition as the Super League franchises come up for grabs and Leigh’s own Be-Leigh-ve will no doubt be growing in momentum.
Leigh, of course already have met one of the criteria of being able to apply for Super League status, in so much as they won the Northern Rail Cup in 2012. But as ever they would wish to strengthen their application and a Grand Final win would certainly do that when they inevitably see their application weighed against that of Featherstone Rovers, Halifax and presumably Sheffield Eagles too.
Salford City Reds are seemingly having some off the field difficulties in the close season and of course Bradford Bulls are on a sticky wicket after their problems mid-way through 2012, and unless these clubs substantially fortify themselves, there could well be an opportunity for Leigh or others to stake a strong claim to be in Super League for three years from 2014.
However there is a lot of work to be done off the field as well as on it and the Leigh Board of Directors are no doubt working hard to ensure not only the finance is in place, but a dynamic business plan is there to take Leigh onwards and upwards.
The Leigh fans can help too by turning out to support the club and in this most important of seasons, it is vitally necessary that the fans pack the terraces not only to show Leigh have the support for Super League, but to also boost the club’s coffers.
To that aid, Leigh Centurions have issued a reminder for season ticket holders that they have just over one week left to guarantee their reserved seat for the brand new campaign in 2013.
On November 5, any seats that haven’t been renewed at that point will be available to be purchased on a first come first served basis.
The 2013 season tickets have been on pre-order since October 15, and already Leigh have had nearly 100 renewals.
“It is terrific for nearly a hundred of our dedicated fans to buy tickets not knowing what the fixtures are for next year,” stated Leigh Chief Executive Trevor Barton MBE. “And that seems to indicate that the reserved seat system is well liked.
“Season ticket sales are a much appreciated source of revenue out of season, so thank you to everyone who has renewed thus far.”
l Leigh Centurions’ next fans’ forum will take place at Leigh Sports Village on Wednesday, November 7. Tickets for this event are free of charge and available from the ticket office. Call 01942 487888 to reserve tickets.