Jeffries tipped to enjoy a new lease of life at Leigh

Leigh's new recruit Ben Jeffries
Leigh's new recruit Ben Jeffries

BEN Jeffries has been backed to make a huge impact when he joins Leigh for 2015.

The experienced Australian half-back played in Super League for 10 years with Bradford and Wakefield before returning home to work in mining.

Now 33, some have questioned whether Jeffries still has the ability and indeed appetite to succeed in the British game.

But Centurions coach Paul Rowley says he is in doubt that Jeffries can be a pivotal player.

“Ben has played at the highest level for a long, long time,” said Rowley. “He is a player I have admired for many years.

“He has a phenomenal kicking game and gives us more options at half-back.

“Ben has a burning ambition to have another crack at the British game. Simon Finnigan, who is on our coaching staff, knows him very well as does our co-captain Oliver Wilkes. They rate him very highly.”

Rowley said that Jeffries had the potential to emulate former Leigh hooker Micky Higham by enjoying a new lease of life later in his career.

“Micky is probably playing as well now as he ever did at Warrington,” said Rowley. “Then you’ve got players like Jamie Peacock, Jamie Lyon and Pat Richards who seem to improve with age. Ben has the ability to re-establish himself and is an important acquisition for us.”