LEIGH Centurions have appointed Elliot Liku as captain of the reserves side for the 2015 season.
The popular 18-year-old prop follows a family tradition in playing for the club after his father Tau came over from Tonga in 1994.
Tau went on to become one of only three overseas players to make 100 appearances for the club – Australians Adam Bristow and Mick Bolewski the others - and still lives in the town.
Leigh Centurions reserves coach Paul Anderson said: “Elliot has worked hard throughout the off season and never stops trying to improve himself asking advice. His talk is good and his attitude is spot-on.
“He’s only young but he’s a real leader and the other players look up to him. He’s the perfect choice for captain and when I told him Elliot was so proud and really buzzing about the honour.
“Elliot got a taste of first-team action in the warm-up games, playing against North Wales and Oldham and won the Man of the Match award in the latter game. He can take that experience into his new role, knowing that he has the ability to step up a level if he carries on working at his game.
“If you have ability and work hard then you get your rewards in rugby league.”
Elliot Liku gets his first taste of the captaincy when he leads Leigh Centurions reserves against a combined Leigh East/ Miners side for the Steve Maden Testimonial at Leigh East tonight (Thursday, 7.30pm).
First-team squad members Michael Platt, Cameron Pitman, Ben Reynolds, Andrew Dixon and Jamie Tracey are all expected to feature and there’s a welcome return for prop forward Tom Spencer, who will make his first appearance of the season after recovering from a serious knee injury late last season.