Leigh Centurions: Sarsfield and Tracey released

Matt Sarsfield in action for Leigh in 2014
Matt Sarsfield in action for Leigh in 2014
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Leigh have released Matt Sarsfield and Jamie Tracey ahead of the 2016 season.

The club have reached a compromise agreement with Sarsfield who will now leave the club and become a free agent.

By scoring the opening try in Leigh’s Grand Final victory over Featherstone Rovers in 2014 Sarsfield capped a notable debut season when he was part of a dominant pack. But he was restricted by injuries to four first team appearances in 2015. He made a total of 31 appearances for Leigh, scoring 12 tries.

Sarsfield, 24, came through the ranks of Leigh Miners Rangers before signing for Wigan Warriors and progressing through their Under-18s and Under-20s teams, representing England Academy in 2010. He then spent two years with Huddersfield Giants which included a dual contract stint at Dewsbury Rams and joined his hometown club after playing for Swinton Lions in 2013.

Leigh coach Paul Rowley said: “Matthew has made a significant contribution to the club’s recent successes and leaves with the best wishes of everyone.

“I’d like to thank him for all the loyalty and support he has given to me and my staff and for the way he has represented the club. I wish him well in the future and look forward to seeing him in action for his new club.”

Leigh head of rugby Derek Beaumont said: “Matthew still has a bright future and I also wish him well and know that he respects and understands the honesty behind what has been a very difficult decision to communicate.

“I also hope our supporters can understand the situation as opinions on players differ. He is a really likeable and loyal lad. I am confident we will see him at the LSV next year albeit for an opposing side but I for one will make him very welcome and I am sure our fans will also.”

The club has also confirmed that a compromise agreement has been reached with Jamie Tracey who will leave the club and become a free agent.

Tracey, 21, played a prominent role for the reserves side in their successes of the past two seasons and spent the latter part of the 2015 season on extended loan at Championship One club Barrow Raiders where he made four first team appearances.

Beaumont said: “Jamie is a great lad and it is unfortunate it has not worked out for him. As with all players it is important to be honest and this enables Jamie to assess his career both as an individual and a rugby player. I am sure he will continue to have a future in the game and he leaves with our best wishes.”