LEIGH’S second successive Kingstone Press Championship Leaders Shield success has been greeted with delight by Council Leader Lord Smith.
Paul Rowley’s Centurions lost just once as they topped the table at the end of the regular season. They also reached the quarter finals of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup where they ere beaten by Super League side Warrington Wolves.
On Sunday they were presented with the Leaders Shield trophy after beating Doncaster at the Sports Village.
Now they are aiming for a Super League place as they take their place in the Super8 qualifiers.
Lord Peter Smith is a lifelong Leigh fan. On his office wall hangs a photo of the Rugby League World Cup game at Leigh Sports Village between Tonga and the Cook Islands which featured Leigh star Fuifui Moimoi.
He said: “Many congratulations to Leigh Centurions for securing the Championship League title.
“The team has been in fantastic form all season and look every inch a Super League side.
“The players, Paul Rowley and his backroom staff deserve the highest of praise for the magnificent performances on the pitch all season and helping to put Leigh on the national stage.
“Now the big task is to gain Super League status and with our #BelieveinLeigh campaign Wigan Council is fully behind the pride of Leigh.”