RYAN Brierley is being tipped for a “massive” 2016 despite suffering an ankle injury in training recently.
The half-back will be out for seven to eight weeks according to Leigh boss Paul Rowley who is backing him to come back better than ever.
“Ryan had been flying in training,” said Rowley. “But every day is a step forward for him now and this will be a massive year for him.
“He has matured a lot as a player and a person.”
Rowley said he is delighted with the attitude shown by his players who took part in a marine style training exercise recently.
“The players met all their objectives,” he said. “Mentally and physically the boys nailed it and we will draw a lot from the experience throughout the coming season.
“We might be in some bad places and situations next year but we will remember it isn’t as bad as being up to our necks in water on a dark and damp December morning.”
Rowley was especially pleased with the way Leigh’s new signings including Willie Tonga have bought into the culture of the club.
“Every one of them got stuck in and although it was challenging, the feedback has been really good. It was a worthwhile exercise.
“Willie is a highly decorated player but he is quiet and goes about his business in a professional manner.”
Last week the club reported sales of season tickets had already passed the 1,000 mark and Rowley said there was a feelgood factor around the town which players were feeding off.
“The turnout for events where the players have been and the reaction has been brilliant,” he said.
“There is a definite buzz which gives me and the players plenty of encouragement for the new season.”