Leigh Centurions have sweated out the Christmas cheer and are eagerly preparing for their first challenge of 2014 – a full blown test against Super League Champions and Challenge Cup winners, Wigan Warriors.
The game takes place at the LSV on Sunday week (January 19 with a 3pm) kick off and tickets and hospitality are available from the club.
But with the age long rivalry between the clubs the Centurions are preparing for a huge test that coach Paul Rowley hopes will set his side up for the coming season.
“It’s going to be massive!” he said. “I was speaking to Shaun Wane, earlier this week and he is adamant he will be fielding as full a first team squad as he can. They get back from their pre-season camp in America on the 15th and he is determined to get them putting the practice into reality. Plus his options of using the Under 20s will be limited as they only arrive back from their pre-season training on the 18th.
“It’s a huge test and one that we accept and are eagerly looking forward too.”
The Centurions have been getting a helping hand from former Championship winning captain, Tommy Martyn, who enjoyed such a sensational career mainly with St Helens.
“Tommy has been helping our kickers with their kicking game,” he explained. “There was no better proponent of this art than Tommy in his day and the help he has been giving to our players will be invaluable.”