LEIGH coach Paul Rowley hopes the Super League experience of new recruit Ben Jeffries will benefit his young squad.
The former Bradford and Wakefield scrum half will join Centurions for 2015 after working in mining in Australia for the past two years.
Jeffries, a former Australian Schoolboy international is a vastly experienced player and became the only Australian to complete 10 consecutive years in Super League during spells with Wakefield and Bradford.
Leigh coach Paul Rowley said: “Ben is a very important acquisition for the club.
“This time last year with Liam Kay we had four bodies for three positions but since Liam has re-invented himself as a winger, it was important that we had cover and pressure the players holding down the three spots.
“We appreciate the players that we have got but we all learn from new ideas and Ben is highly respected at the clubs he has played for. Many other clubs were interested in him and Ben still has plenty of mileage left in him. He is a very fit and accomplished player and there are 101 positives with his signing.”
Leigh’s head of rugby Derek Beaumont, said: “I am pleased we have managed to secure Ben’s services ahead of some fierce competition from other clubs.
“Ben is an extremely experienced and capable player and it is important in every team to have that mix of experience with youth. We have a very low average age in our team and it is one that has been signed to stay together for a while.
“We have that experience in the forwards with Oliver Wilkes, Sean Penkywicz and Tommy Goulden and we now have that in the back line with Ben.
“It is important to have competition for places across the park and the pivots is an area we haven’t really had this season since Liam Kay established himself on the wing.
“Ben’s knowledge of the game and his skill sets will also be invaluable in bringing on some of our capable backs in our reserve grade to a higher level. I am really pleased Paul Rowley was able to convince him that Leigh was the best place to re-establish himself in the English game and I am really looking forward to him dominating in our division.
“Ben is the first of a few signings that we will be making to add to what we have got for next season as we raise our game to achieve the next step in our well planned pathway to Super League.”