Leigh Gossip

Tom Armstrong playing for Sheffield)
Tom Armstrong playing for Sheffield)

Leigh Centurions’ strengthening for the 2014 season continued with the re-signing of centre Tom Armstrong and the capture of second rower Matthew Sarsfield.

But there are more signings in the offing as the Centurions continue their preparation for next year.

Armstrong was on dual contract with the Centurions and St Helens in 2011 and will always be fondly remembered by the fans for scoring the winning try in injury time at the 2011 Northern Rail Cup Final when Leigh beat Halifax.

Armstrong subsequently moved to Swinton Lions and then last season was a key part of the Sheffield Eagles side that staged a storming fightback to retain the Championship crown with a win over Batley Bulldogs at the Leigh Sports Village.

Armstrong claimed 19 tries in 35 games for the Eagles and has a scoring rate of one try every two appearances during his spells with St Helens (where he scored 10 tries in 17 games), Swinton, Leigh and then Sheffield.

Centurions Director Andy Mazey said: “Tom (Armstrong) is an outstanding player in the Championship and I am thrilled that we have attracted a player of his standing to Leigh Centurions for next season. Tom comes back to us having played a leading role in last season’s Championship Grand Final win for Sheffield Eagles, and I’m sure he will be determined to make it back in 2014 with Leigh Centurions.

“We are assembling a very strong squad of players for next season and it’s clear people are starting to sit up and take notice of what’s happening here at Leigh Sports Village.”

Matthew Sarsfield is a former Leigh Miners youngster, who at 22 is certainly the type of young talent in which the club is keen to invest as they seek to push their Super League claims through winning promotion.

Sarsfield joined Wigan Warriors at scholarship level before progressing through the U18s and U20s teams and he attained England Academy selection in the squad that defeated the Australian Schoolboys in two tests played at Leigh Sports Village.

He joined Huddersfield Giants for the 2011 season and then spent time during that year with Dewsbury on dual contract where he played four games.

After being released by Huddersfield he then trialed with Widnes before signing with Swinton for the rest of the Kingstone Press Championship season in April, making 16 appearances for the Lions, scoring eight tries.

A powerful running forward with a good work ethic he should fit in well at the LSV.