Leigh on the hunt for a new half-back after Jeffries suffers injury

Staying in Australia: Ben Jeffries
Staying in Australia: Ben Jeffries
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LEIGH Centurions are in the market for a half-back for 2015 after learning Ben Jeffries will not be joining them.

The former Bradford and Wakefield star will now not join the Centurions as anticipated due to a combination of injury and family circumstances. He had signed a two year deal from December this year.

Leigh head of rugby Derek Beaumont said: “It is very honest on Ben to contact us and notify us of his recent significant injury with a torn bicep. A combination of that and how it impacts on his family situation means that he unable to join us at Leigh Centurions. I am sure he would have been a great asset to the Club and we wish him well for a speedy recovery.

“We will hold his registration in the UK for the duration of the contract that he signed but we hope that should he recovery from the injury he will be able to play again in Australia. We are now looking for a third pivot to go alongside Martyn Ridyard and Ryan Brierley and it will do no harm for agents throughout the RL world to be aware of that.”

Centurions coach Paul Rowley said: “While unfortunate that family circumstances and injuries will now prevent Ben from joining us I am looking forward to sourcing a suitable replacement. I will definitely be recruiting another pivot and have identified a couple of high quality targets. I wish Ben all the best moving forward and thank him for his early and honest decision. “