Fans urged to have faith in Leigh board

Leigh director of football Derek Beaumont and coach Paul Rowley have urged fans to back them in 2014 and played down talk of financial fears,

The comments came after Centurions signed Jake Emmitt this week - taking the squad to 29 players.

Head coach Paul Rowley said: “The year 2014 is a massive season not just for Leigh but for rugby league and any club with ambition. The board has worked had to provide the funding to help build the squad.

“With 29 players we are still behind the likes of Wigan who have 34, but it does gives the chance to compete like for like with the other top clubs in our division.

“This is a tough year. We are not sure what we are chasing because the Super League issue has not been resolved, But the one sure thing is that if you are not in the top group you won’t be able to take any advantage of any opportunity that comes your way. We aim to be ready and with the squad we have and the team spirit that the players and the staff have built, we aim to be ready to do whatever we need to do to secure Super League status whenever that opportunity presents itself.”

The Leigh fans will no doubt look at the signings made and be a little concerned as we head into the New Year as to what the financial state of the club may be, but Beaumont is urging the fans to have faith in the board.

“We have our business plan and so far we are ahead of that and where we would like to be,” he said. “Our board of directors has personally pledged certain sums of money for the next three years that will help us deliver our plans for the clubs future. Allied to that we have already generated more income that we had originally planned for to give us a healthy start.

“But we have spent a great deal of time carefully planning a sustainable business plan for the club and we are driving that forward. We have first class facilities; first class coaching staff and we are aiming to have a first class team that will match the best in the Championship and beyond.

“The New Year is a chance for Leigh to continue to push for Super League, and once we know what that opportunity presents then we will pursue it. The fact that players such as Jake, Tom Rogers and Liam Kay are keen to join us speaks volumes for what we have here. Now we need the fans to pledge their support too.

“Our first game of 2014 is on January 19 when we entertain League Champions and Challenge Cup holders Wigan Warriors at the LSV. Hopefully the fans will turn out to give us their support and then urge us on for the rest of the season.”