Brierley ‘to leave Leigh Centurions’

Ryan Brierley (right) hugs try-scorer Tom Armstrong
Ryan Brierley (right) hugs try-scorer Tom Armstrong

Ryan Brierley will officially leave Leigh Centurions in four weeks, it has been claimed.

The 23-year-old, who scored 37 tries in 33 appearances for the Centurions in 2015, is believed to have had a clause in his contract stating that he could leave the Championship side if head coach Paul Rowley ever left.

Rowley resigned last month and has since denied suggestions from club owner Derek Beaumont that he is poaching players to join him in a mooted new venture with a proposed Canadian championship outfit.

“It would never happen but, if Leeds came in tomorrow and said ‘here’s £100,000 for Ryan’, I’d say ‘no thanks’,” Beaumont told Sky Sports News.

“I had no knowledge of that clause but, having been made aware of it, I took legal advice and that was that, if it was a private agreement, it would not enforceable anyway because of the manner it was written.

“More importantly, any supplementary clause must come from the RFL clause bank.

“It isn’t a concern anyway because Ryan is not trying to enforce it. He’s not going anywhere.”