Bob Beswick will be back for Leigh’s trip to Hunslet Hawks on Sunday as the Centurions look to cement their place in the top four over the final weeks of the regular season.
Beswick will return to a side that will be selected from a fully fit squad says Coach Paul Rowley.
“The week off has done us a power of good and everyone in the squad has reported back for training, fit and raring to go.” said Paul.
“Hunslet is the next game on the horizon but we have five games left to play and we want to win all of them to give us the highest possible finish ready for the play-offs.
“We were all pretty tired after the season we had had without any respite, but everyone has recharged their batteries and is ready for the challenges that lie ahead.”
Leigh have also been boosted by the return to fitness of second rower James Taylor. But he will be playing himself back to match fitness with North Wales Crusaders.
“Jimmy needs some game time under his belt now, and that is something that he will struggle to get immediately, whilst the rest of the squad is fit,” explained Rowley. “But we have offered him to Crusaders for their Welsh derby game this Sunday, and they seem keen to take him. It will be an intense game and give James just the sort of opportunity he needs to get his timing, fitness and confidence back so that he can push to be back in our first team.
“It has been a long time out for James, but he has worked hard to get back to where he is and his availability is a huge boost as we head towards the play-offs.”
Leigh head to Hunslet on Saturday with Rowley wary of the task his players face.
“They are a tough, no nonsense sort of side.” he said. “We only beat them 30-12 at home and we really had to work hard. They don’t make many errors but like to try and get you to play the game at their pace. The stadium is windswept no matter what the weather and it will be a bit like playing York the other week. We will really have to get our focus right so that we don’t get distracted from what we have to do.”
Leigh will wait on Tom Spencer, to see if the dual registered player is still required by Wigan, whilst they also have the option of playing impressive centre James Mendeika if required.
“James is terrific back up for Stu Littler or Matt Gardner, whilst Tom has played almost every game for us when not required by Wigan’s first team,“ said Rowley. ”But ideally I want a squad of players that are with us all the time, and although there is little doubt that the dual players have brought something to the table throughout the season, we would hope that next year we have a squad that is capable of taking on the best and winning which is all Leigh registered.”