Centurions: Ryan’s not for sale

Wanted man: Ryan Brierley of Leigh Centurions
Wanted man: Ryan Brierley of Leigh Centurions

Leigh Centurions say their prize asset Ryan Brierley is going nowhere in light of national newspaper speculation about his future.

Both Leeds and Hull were reported to be interested in signing the scrum half, currently the top try scorer in the British game.

Earlier this year, Salford looked to recruit Brierley who started his rugby league career with Westhoughton Lions before turning pro with Castleford.

But Centurions’ head of rugby Derek Beaumont said: “We have not had a formal approach for Ryan, nor would we welcome one.

“Ryan is contracted to Leigh Centurions until the end of 2016 and any unfounded speculation is disruptive to our plans for the club for this season and beyond.

“We are not looking to consider any offer for Ryan, irrespective of the amount. It has been a very difficult few days for Ryan and his family with the recent loss of his dearly loved grandma and this speculation is very unwelcome, especially at the present time.

“Ryan is a great player, a great person and is the biggest part of our plans for the club.”