HARRISON Hansen has revealed he turned down a number of offers from Super League club to join Leigh Centurions.
Hansen of course needs no introduction to the rugby league world but just in case, his CV is particularly impressive.
He debuted for Wigan back in 2003 and went on to make 238 appearances before taking in a 52 game stint at Salford.
This past season he has been club captain at the AJ Bell Stadium succeeding recently retired modern great Adrian Morley.
Hansen was elieved to get his future sorted and wants to focus on making 2016 a good year for him and his new team-mates.
“It all happened pretty quick,” he said. “Things didn’t quite work out at Salford how I’d have liked and Marwan gave me the chance to speak to other clubs.”
He revealed that he had turned down Super League offers to join the Centurions. “I’ve got a lot of connections with Leigh and I know a lot of people here. I’ve a fair idea of how the club is run, it’s being run well. I had chance to speak to Derek (Beaumont), it went from there and here I am now.”
With the likes of Gareth Hock, Bob Beswick and Micky Higham in the Leigh ranks, Harrison already knows a number of the players, particularly given the Centurions other announced signings of recent Salford team-mates Reni Maitua and Cory Paterson.
“It’s an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down. I’m looking forward and I see it as a challenge to myself to help Leigh get that Super League spot.”
Family is important to Harrison, he lives in the town and the ‘band of brothers’ theme amongst the playing staff was another draw card.
“As a package Leigh was a good choice,” he said.
Leigh Centurions head of rugby Derek Beaumont said: “Harrison is a massive draw for the club. He is a proven professional at the top of his game. His experience and qualities will be insurmountable at our club, benefiting everyone around him. His air of professionalism and attitude are unrivalled in the game and I am honoured that he has chosen to join our club, dropping down a level to help us realise our potential.
“Harrison believes in what we are trying to do here and is committed to helping us achieve that. The fact he believes in our vision is very reassuring and I hope that rubs off on our fans who will remain as committed next year as they have been this year. Harrison is a leader, a warrior, a born winner and that excites me. I look forward to watching him in a Leigh Centurions shirt as I know many others will.”