Leigh boss Rowley hails his “warriors”

Liam Kay of Leigh Centurions. Paul McCarthy Photography
Liam Kay of Leigh Centurions. Paul McCarthy Photography

PAUL Rowley says he is massively proud of his team’s achievements in the last two seasons despite a disappointing Super 8 campaign.

“I am proud of every single one of my players,” said Rowley. “They have been warriors and have given everything. I feel blessed to be part of something very special.”

Last Saturday, Leigh’s hopes of reaching the Million Pound Game were ended by Bradford at the Sports Village.

Centurions have finished top of the Championship for the past two seasons but they have onloy managed one win in the Super 8 qualifiers thus far. On Sunday, Leigh go to Widnes in their final game of the year.

“They can finish this season with their heads held high and be thoroughly proud of themselves,” said Rowley.

“On ‘Mad Monday’ the players can have a good drink and celebrate everything they have accomplished in the last two years. We have some great memories.”

Seven Leigh players need operations in the close season, while others will be moving on.

Leigh are looking to add at least four more players to their 2016 squad and have already signed second rower Dayne Weston from Melbourne Storm.

In recent weeks, Leigh have been linked with Salford forward duo Reni Maitua and Cory Paterson. On Tuesday, Salford owner Marwan Koukash said Paterson would be joining Leigh for next season though this has yet to be confirmed by the club.

Centurions will say farewell to Oliver Wilkes, who is expected to sign for Barrow. He has recently started a new job close to his hometown of Ulverston. Wilkes made his 100th Leigh appearance on Saturday.