Leigh Centurions: Players in good shape for new campaign

Fuifui Moimoi is looking in great shape ahead of the new season according to Leigh director of rugby Derek Beaumont. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography
Fuifui Moimoi is looking in great shape ahead of the new season according to Leigh director of rugby Derek Beaumont. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography

Leigh director of rugby Derek Beaumont says he is excited by what he has seen in preseason training.

Paul Rowley and his players have recently returned from a week-long training camp in Lanzarote.

On Sunday they play their first warm-up game of the year against neighbours Wigan Warriors.

Writing in his exclusive Leigh Observer column, Beaumont says it’s not just the new recruits who have impressed him with their fitness.

“Just looking at Gaz Hock and Fuifui Moimoi it was abundantly clear that they are in miles better shape than they were at any time during 2015,” he said.

“Ryan Brierley looks to have increased his muscle mass and while he was working largely on his own rehab the one field session he undertook saw his lightning speed awareness and skills come to the fore.

“His commitment to his game and body is testament to his character and determination to become one of the game’s top players – something I am sure he will achieve and achieve with Leigh.”

Beaumont was also happy to see Rangi Chase working hard. He said: “I saw the individual brilliance of Rangi Chase improve, performing within a structure that ultimately enabled him to express himself with more ease.

“There can be no doubting how good of a player he is but I will again speak confidently, that he is already, and will continue to become, a better player under Paul Rowley.

“In simple terms this team has taken on another level in terms of the progression of the existing squad and the addition of senior, experienced quality players. That is no disrespect to the fantastic achievement of the last two years but everything must progress and progress we have.

“We are in a far better position than this time last year although I am well aware it is a case of being in a far better position than last year when it comes to the final game of the season and that is something Paul Rowley will reinforce on a weekly basis.”