Leigh seek fresh investment

Leigh Centurions are in talks with potential new investors as they attempt to put the club on a more secure footing.

Cash flow problems were blamed for the club’s inability to pay the players’ bonuses, but following the intervention and generosity of former chairman and board member Derek Beaumont and his business partners, who stumped up the money, the players were paid.

Beaumont also initiated a meeting with a number of local businessmen last Thursday which had club Chairman Keith Freer saying: “A very positive meeting was held where there were several individuals expressing their support and assistance to overcome some temporary issues.

“Some financial due diligence was undertaken by potential investors to see if there is any shortfall and before we announce what future funding is required.

“In terms of that due diligence, we hope to move forward in the next five to seven days and progress can then be made quite quickly in securing the new investors for the club.I’d like to thank Derek Beaumont in breaching the initial shortfall in paying the players bonuses prior to the last match to York and to Andy Beaumont whose kind donation helped reduce any shortfall that the club was facing.

“I hope to be in the position to make further announcements in the course of next week. It is also important that we see what happens at the meeting in Coventry which is to be held by the RFL this Wednesday (yesterday), when the clubs were to be given information regarding possibly four different scenarios to be discussed.

“Included in these is the return of relegation and promotion.

Full details will be made known to the clubs on Wednesday, which will then indicate a proper pathway to Super League.“