Finnigan urges Leigh Reserves to enjoy their big night

Leigh assistant coach Simon Finnigan
Leigh assistant coach Simon Finnigan

LEIGH assistant coach Simon Finnigan is urging the reserves side to enjoy the experience of playing in a Grand Final.

On Friday night, Leigh face Sheffield Eagles in the U20s showpiece at the Sports Village and a healthy crowd is expected.

Coached by Paul Anderson, Leigh’s reserves topped the league losing just once in the regular season.

Finnigan, who enjoyed a long career as a player before joining the Centurions coaching staff, said: “I’d like to think that 30 years from now these lads will look back on this occasion, playing at LSV in a Grand Final under floodlights, playing with their mates, playing in front of their friends and families and remember the happy times, especially if we go out and win.

“The Reserves team have come a long way this year and played some great rugby. It’s huge credit to the players that they have lost only one league game and they deserve all the praise for that. It’s been a team effort and I could name eight to ten players who have been outstanding all year.

“I’ll be telling the players to make sure they enjoy the game and savour the whole occasion, the build-up, the training the week before, the special things like playing at LSV.

“They’re all special things that combine to make it a big experience, especially playing under the lights at LSV. Some players, like the Leeds boys, get to play in a lot of finals and even if you lose it’s better than not playing in one at all.”