LEIGH’S head of rugby Derek Beaumont says the Kingstone Press Championship Champions look in good shape after a warm weather training camp in Lanzarote.
Centurions spent five days at the Club La Santa complex, returning in time for this Sunday’s warm-up game against Wigan at the Sports Village.
“It was a pleasure to watch such a well-planned camp with a meticulous attention to detail,” said Beaumont.
“I felt that it was well worth the investment by the club and the players’ professionalism showed that.
“I was left very confident and inspired by what I saw and I really believe Paul Rowley and his team have planned the perfect pre-season, especially as it is our first being full-time.”
Beaumont flew to the camp with new signing Fuifui Moimoi who had landed in the UK just a few hours earlier. He said he was pleased with the contribution and attitude of the Tongan international.
“I was really impressed with the condition the boys were in and how they embraced Fui on his arrival,” he said.
“Our players were singing Fui anthem after a video session. On the flight back you would have thought he had been with us from the beginning of last season.
“The next stage of preparation begins on Sunday with a strong Wigan team visiting us and the chance to see Fui take his first hit-up, followed by three further friendlies, by which time I am confident that Paul will have given us the best opportunity to achieve our goals. I am looking forward to seeing our vociferous fans in action as much as the game itself!”
Moimoi, who has played in the NRL for the last 11 years with Parramatta Eels and also represented New Zealand on the international stage, was welcomed by his new team-mates and coach Rowley.
“The lads were very appreciative of the opportunity to train in such an environment,” said Rowley.
“The fluency and understanding within the team grew stronger each day while going about their business with true enthusiasm and commitment, representing the Club and sport superbly throughout.
“I would like to thank all the staff who worked tirelessly to ensure the delivery of a hectic and robust timetable which ran smoothly whilst consistently delivering quality sessions to the standards upon which we pride ourselves.
“The players have returned in great shape and with a good confidence and belief for the challenges ahead.”