Leigh Centurions: Rowley confident all the pieces will fit

Leigh's Martyn Ridyard. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography
Leigh's Martyn Ridyard. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography

PAUL Rowley says he has no plans to redefine anyone’s position for the 2016 season.

The arrival of Rangi Chase from Salford prompted some to suggest Leigh would have to turn Martyn Ridyard into a loose forward – or Ryan Brierley into an outside back – to accommodate the former Man of Steel. But Rowley is adamant he won’t have to bash round pegs into square holes to keep everyone happy.

“Martyn, Ryan and Rangi have all got the ability to play in different positions,” said the Centurions coach.

“Ridy could play as a centre, Rangi as a hooker and Ryan could play a half back or full back. There can be variations.

“But I am not going to use pieces of the jigsaw which won’t fit just to get them in the team. Whichever players I put in there to play will deliver. Ryan and Ridy have been delivering what I wanted for the last four years.

“But Rangi has got a natural ability and is a great player. I brought him here for a reason so he’s got the most learning to do. If he learns it and applies it consistently he’s in a good position.”

Leigh’s new recruits for 2016 have already made themselves at home, according to Rowley. As well as Chase, Leigh have also brought in his former Salford team-mates Cory Paterson, Harrison Hansen and Remi Maitua, as well as Catalans’ former Australia international Willie Tonga and Melbourne Storm prop Dayne Weston.

“The group is a better group than last season,” he explained. “For the long term view of the group, the new players have been tremendous. For example, someone like Dayne Weston doesn’t speak an awful lot but when he does it is of tremendous value and everyone respects his opinion, and it’s usually a strong message he’s delivering.

“They’ve all been absolutely fantastic. Sometimes it just doesn’t work for people at certain clubs but their history is irrelevant. I know them all professionally and personally and I have no issues at all.”