Leigh Centurions have secured the futures of three of their promising young players after offering them extended contracts until November 2016.
Prop forward Frankie Halton, aged 17, centre Sam Baggaley, 18 and centre or back row forward Sam Peet, 20 have all impressed for Paul Anderson’s free-scoring Reserves side so far this season.
Anderson has worked closely with head of rugby Derek Beaumont and the Centurions board to secure the trio on contracts.
Commenting on the signings Anderson said: “I am very pleased that the directors have backed my judgement and signed up the three players as all have the potential to become good players for Leigh Centurions.
“Frankie is a local lad who has come on leaps and bounds but is currently recovering from a hamstring injury sustained in the friendly against Oxford. He is a former Crosfields and Leigh Miners product who also had a Warrington scholarship. He’s a big unit, 6ft2 and 18st and has good ball handling skills but needs to work hard on his fitness. I see him as a long-term project but he’s a great kid to work with.
“Sam Baggaley is another for the future. He’s a bit of size on him and though primarily a centre can also play fullback or wing. He played formerly for Wigan St Pats, Orrell and Wigan Under-19s and is a Wigan lad. We have some work to do with him but I’m really looking forward to continue coaching him to fulfil his potential.
“Sam Peet can play centre or back-row and is a bit older than the other two lads. He’s been a rugby union player, coming through Leigh RU and spending time at Sale Sharks. He’s played for Lancashire and North of England at Under-16s and Under-20s levels and has probably only played 20 games of Rugby League.
“At times we have to control his enthusiasm and I feel a bit like a horse-racing trainer, holding back the reins with him. He can play centre but has also done really well in the forwards and though he’s still learning the game he is another with great potential.”