NEWS that Leigh Centurions will be members of the rugby league’s Cooperative Championship for 2012 came too late to stop goal-kicking centre Mick Nanyn moving to a rival club.
He headed for Halifax on a 12 month deal with another 12 month option. Mick is seventh in the all time points scoring record with 3,514 points and his record for Leigh last season was outstanding. Other players, Adam Higson and last year’s on-loan signing from St Helens, Tom Armstrong have both joined Swinton Lions.
But Leigh’s survival news gave welcome relief to Centurions fans and players last week when the acting Leigh chairman, Keith Freer, was able to announce that the RFL had agreed to negotiate with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to facilitate the deal that would enable Leigh to pay off their debts and continue to trade.
It is now crucial that the club get the coaching team in place so that they can start recruiting for next season when so many changes are set to take place in the Championship end of the sport.
Meanwhile, tickets for England’s opening Four Nations match against Wales continue to sell fast with the match on course to be a sell-out. The match is England’s only fixture in the North West and promises to be a thrilling encounter between the two home nations, featuring some of the world’s best players, such as Sam Tomkins, Man of Steel Winner Rangi Chase and Lee Briers of Warrington.
Kick off is at 2.30pm and demand for tickets continues to increase and fans who have not already bought their tickets are advised to purchase them as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Tickets for the match are available between £10 and £30 for adults, between £5 and £15 for concessions and £35 for families (two adults, two children, South Stand only) and can be purchased at the Leigh Sports Village ticket office, by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk or calling 0844 856 1113.