Leigh Centurions have announced the signing of Wakefield’s Liam Kay.
Speculation had been in the media for a couple of weeks but the utility player turned 22 last Tuesday and that meant that he was available to talk to clubs and could join them without a transfer fee.
And that gave Leigh the opportunity to step in and sign the youngster as Leigh’s Director of Football, Derek Beaumont revealed.
“Liam has been one of the most hotly pursued players in Super League,” said Beaumont.
“But we persuaded him to have a look at us and got him down to do some training, and I think it is fair to say that as much as we liked him, he liked us.
“But the final piece in the jigsaw in getting him to sign and making the right contract available has been the fact that the Community Trust has been able to offer him a position with them. And to that end I cannot thank them enough for their support, because it is obvious that without them we wouldn’t have got Liam to sign.”
Kay has been playing as a dual registered player with Doncaster in 2013 but is viewed as one of the hottest properties in rugby league and if Leigh do manage to grab his signature then he will be yet another great signing for them for the vital 2014 season.
Meanwhile head coach Paul Rowley announced the club’s captains for the 2014 season ahead of the squad undertaking an endurance training course with the Royal Marines last weekend. It was a tough 24 hours but as far as Rowley was concerned, the players passed with flying colours.
“I am not sure I could say they enjoyed the experience,“ said Rowley. “But it was certainly an experience that they will never forget. The lads were tested in so many different ways and although I thought I knew most of them they still managed to surprise me with their doggedness, resilience and sheer courage when they were being tested to the absolute limit. They didn’t flinch, were up for everything and never lost their sense of humour. I have been around a lot of teams and a lot of players, but this bunch was as strong together as a unit as any I have ever known.”
Rowley named the captains as Stuart Littler and Oliver Wilkes with Bob Beswick being the vice captain.
“Stuart is the local man, with a vast experience and the desire to be a winner. A proven top class player,” added Rowley. “And Oliver is an international forward with a magnificent work ethic and again is one who is hugely respected within the squad. When you add Bob, who steps up when needed and is another born leader, you can see why we are optimistic about 2014.”