KINGSTONE PRESS Championship Champions Leigh Centurions have strengthened their squad for next year by signing centre Greg Worthington on a two year deal.
Worthington, 24, has established himself as consistently one of the top performers in the Kingstone Press Championship in the past four seasons and has scored 54 tries in 101 appearances for Featherstone. He was granted a release a year early from his existing two-year contract with Rovers in order to take up a new career move with the Centurions.
A former Queensbury ARL product, he joined Featherstone after graduating through the academy ranks at Huddersfield Giants and has been involved with Rovers’ community programme as well as successfully completing a four-year apprenticeship as a welder.
Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley said: “Greg is a player who has been identified by our coaching staff for quite some time. We enquired about him previously but he wasn’t available at that those times. This time Greg has been the driver and when he was granted an early release from his contract we were delighted to get him on board.
“Greg is a strong player, a prolific try-scorer and has impressed and developed during his stint at Featherstone. Maybe that has now reached a natural close and he is ready for a new challenge. He sees us as an ambitious club that matches his own ambitions and his addition to our already impressive back-line will see our intensity bar rise even higher as soon as resume training for next season.”
Worthington said: “I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in at Leigh and getting some full-time training under my belt. Featherstone have been really good for me and I’ve really enjoyed my four years with the club.
“I’ve won silverware with them and had some good times there. Now I’m looking ahead to a new challenge with an ambitious club and I can’t wait to get started. Leigh have had an outstanding season and everything I’ve seen and heard about the club is positive.”
Leigh Centurions head of rugby Derek Beaumont said: “I am really pleased Paul has landed this target as he has long wanted to get to work with Greg. Paul has a great vision for talent and one that I can trust from his proven track record as he has clearly demonstrated that he can get the best out of people at the same time as improving them.
“Paul worked hard on this one on his own and got it over the line. I would also like to thank Mark Campbell of Featherstone Rovers for being so understanding towards the player’s wishes. Not many clubs would do that but Mark is a rugby man who understands players and the game. That is why he is respected by his counterparts as well as agents and players throughout the game.
“Greg had aspirations for playing in a full-time environment which was no longer possible and Mark recognised that and was amiable in agreeing a five-figure sum for Greg’s release to enable him to pursue that goal. I know this won’t have been easy for him and he will no doubt be subjected to some criticism from some of his spectators but it takes an honest Rugby man to allow a player to progress rather than standing in his way.
“It is a really positive signing for the club and adds good competition to our solid squad.”