Leigh winger Pownall is latest to pen new contract

Leigh Centurions winger Jonathan Pownall
Leigh Centurions winger Jonathan Pownall

WINGER Jonny Pownall is the latest Leigh player to commit his immediate future to the club.

The Leigh born winger signed a two-year full-time playing contract that will keep him at the Centurions until the end of the 2016 season.

Pownall, 22, will go full-time in December in line with similar deals recently signed by Kurt Haggerty, Jamie Acton and Cameron Pitman.

After making his debut in 2011 Pownall has played 51 first-team games for the Centurions and scored 32 tries.

Leigh Centurions head coach Paul Rowley said: “Jonny is a very valuable member of our squad and I am delighted to have secured his signing. He is another player who will benefit from being in a full-time playing environment from next year.

“Jonny is a real character in the dressing room and to say he is popular with his team-mates and staff is an understatement. He is a young player who has already had a good deal of first-team experience and we expect him to be an important part of the squad for many years to come.”

Leigh’s head of Rugby Derek Beaumont said: “It is particularly pleasing to see Paul reward Jonny with a two-year full-time extension to his contract. He is a local lad and a product of our very strong local amateur club Leigh Miners Rangers.

“Jonny has youth on his side and is a player of whom we have great expectations as he develops and matures. Being in a full-time environment should see that development progress quickly. He is a likable lad and it is great to see him being rewarded in this way.”