Leigh centre Armstrong to go full-time from 2015

Tom Armstrong of Leigh Centurions
Tom Armstrong of Leigh Centurions

TOM Armstrong has become the latest Leigh player to sign a full-time contract from next season.

The 24-year-old centre has been in fine form for the record-breaking Centurions this season, forming a potent left-wing partnership with Liam Kay.

After making a try-scoring debut for hometown club St Helens in 2009, Tom played for Leigh on a dual contract basis in 2011, scoring the match-winning try in their Northern Rail Cup Final victory over Halifax. He played for Swinton Lions in 2012 and last season scored 19 tries in 35 appearances for Kingstone Press Championship winners Sheffield Eagles before re-joining the Centurions.

In 107 first-class games so far Armstrong has scored 58 tries, including one in an impressive performance against Leeds Rhinos in last Friday’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup quarter-final.

Leigh coach Paul Rowley said: “I am delighted to have secured Tom’s services to extend his career with Leigh Centurions. He has been outstanding since he rejoined the club. His enthusiasm and application in training and playing is top notch and he is an all-round nice guy and a popular team member.

“Tom is very low maintenance for the coaching staff and is a model of consistency. Tom is continuing with his studies and is currently undertaking a Masters degree and I am committed to supporting him in this regard.”

Centurions head of rugby Derek Beaumont said: “Tom is a quality individual as well as a great player. He is very switched on and currently doing a Masters degree, something Paul Rowley is keen to work around with Tom and his tutor to ensure he sees that through during his full-time contract.”