Centurions sign up Platt

Michael Platt has joined Leigh Centurions
Michael Platt has joined Leigh Centurions

LEIGH have signed Michael Platt on loan from Salford Red Devils until the end of the 2014 season. Platt will then become a full-time Centurions player on 1 December 2014 on a two-year contract.

Platt, 30, is a vastly experienced fullback or three-quarter who has scored 84 tries in 243 club appearances since making his first-team debut for Salford in 2001. He moved to Rochdale Hornets in 2004 and then played an integral role in Castleford’s promotion campaign in 2005. He established himself as a top Super League player with the Tigers in 2006 before then spending seven top-flight seasons with Bradford Bulls.

After playing for North Wales Crusaders at the start of the current season he re-joined Salford and has also played two games on dual registration for Barrow Raiders.

Platt was a member of the Great Britain squad in 2007 and played in the Centenary International against the New Zealand All Golds and later represented Ireland in the 2008 World Cup.

Leigh Centurions head of rugby Derek Beaumont said: “I’d like to thank Salford for assisting us with getting Michael across early. He has done a job for them and we have secured his services going forward so it was very honourable of Salford to loan him to us with a view to him preparing for next season. It is something we greatly appreciate.

“Michael adds strength and size to the squad and is a proven Super League player. I look forward to seeing him compete for a place in our first-team squad in the very near future.”

Leigh Centurions head coach Paul Rowley said: “We identified one area where we needed to add more competition and that was the centre berth. It’s a difficult area to fill and has become something of a niche position in Rugby League.

“In acquiring Michael’s services we have someone who is renowned as a fantastic trainer and athlete. He will add strike power and competition to our edge.

“Our first-team squad is now looking very strong with competition for places across the board.”