Leigh winger Pownall is latest to pen new contract

Leigh Centurions winger Jonathan Pownall
Leigh Centurions winger Jonathan Pownall
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WINGER Jonny Pownall is the latest Leigh player to commit his immediate future to the club.

The Leigh born winger signed a two-year full-time playing contract that will keep him at the Centurions until the end of the 2016 season.

Pownall, 22, will go full-time in December in line with similar deals recently signed by Kurt Haggerty, Jamie Acton and Cameron Pitman.

After making his debut in 2011 Pownall has played 51 first-team games for the Centurions and scored 32 tries.

Leigh Centurions head coach Paul Rowley said: “Jonny is a very valuable member of our squad and I am delighted to have secured his signing. He is another player who will benefit from being in a full-time playing environment from next year.

“Jonny is a real character in the dressing room and to say he is popular with his team-mates and staff is an understatement. He is a young player who has already had a good deal of first-team experience and we expect him to be an important part of the squad for many years to come.”

Leigh’s head of Rugby Derek Beaumont said: “It is particularly pleasing to see Paul reward Jonny with a two-year full-time extension to his contract. He is a local lad and a product of our very strong local amateur club Leigh Miners Rangers.

“Jonny has youth on his side and is a player of whom we have great expectations as he develops and matures. Being in a full-time environment should see that development progress quickly. He is a likable lad and it is great to see him being rewarded in this way.”