Leigh Centurions: Lowes says Leigh are still a big threat despite Rowley’s exit

Bradford coach James Lowes
Bradford coach James Lowes

BRADFORD coach James Lowes has identified Leigh as the Kingstone Press Championship’s team to beat ahead of the new season.

Leigh, who lost just once in the regular season before collapsing in the Super 8s Qualifers, are once more clear favourites to top the table after recruiting a host of big names including Rangi Chase and Harrison Hansen from Salford.

The Centurions suffered a blow last week with the resignation of coach Paul Rowley but he has been succeeded by Neil Jukes and Lowes says they will still be the team to beat.

“They will have had a couple of weeks to get over that,” Lowes said. “I’m sure the players with their experience will guide the team.

“It will be a tough competition, with Leigh the side that everybody wants to beat.”

The Bulls have added experience in the shape of Ben Kavanagh, Richard Mathers, Kurt Haggerty and Jonathan Walker but Lowes says he is still hoping to make two further signings.

“I believe we’re stronger in certain positions than last year,” he said. “I think we’re probably still a couple of positions light but we’re still working hard to pick up the right people.”