Reynolds joins Doncaster on loan

Ben Reynolds scoring for Leigh in a preseason friendly against Keighley
Ben Reynolds scoring for Leigh in a preseason friendly against Keighley

Leigh’s goal-kicking full-back or half-back Ben Reynolds has moved to Championship rivals Doncaster on loan.

The 21-year-old goalkicking halfback or fullback joined the Centurions last October from Castleford Tigers having been joint Championship One Young Player of the Year while on a dual registration contract with York City Knights in 2014.

Reynolds, who has yet to play a competitive first-team game for the Centurions impressed in the pre season warm-up games but his opportunities have so far been limited due to the excellent form of Martyn Ridyard and Ryan Brierley. Leigh Centurions head of rugby Derek Beaumont said: “Ben is a great lad who has quickly become a favourite within the camp. As I always say it is paramount we look after the best interest of the player and while Ben is undoubtedly capable of seamlessly dropping into our squad he understands he is behind Ridyard and Brierley who have built a lasting and successful partnership.

“We need Ben to be playing at a high level to maintain his progress and intensity and Doncaster is a good place for that to happen. Paul Cooke will no doubt be able to add to Ben’s experience and they have an excellent playing surface and are a very good club with a good leader in Carl Hall.

“Ben will still maintain his full-time regime with our club where we are confident he has a long future. Coach Paul Rowley and his team will monitor his progress and he will be able to push for a place in our team while working hard at Doncaster.

“Reserve head coach Paul Anderson is naturally gutted to lose his services in our reserves but we must ensure all our players are getting the right level of competitive games and this is a good move for both clubs and Ben at this moment in time.”