Leigh Centurions: Beaumont says it’s a great time to be a Leyther

Reni Maitua has joined Leigh Centurions for 2016
Reni Maitua has joined Leigh Centurions for 2016
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DEREK Beaumont has urged Leythers to “join the ride” as the club redoubles its efforts to regain its place in Super League.

The Leigh head of rugby has invested heavily in the club, attracting star names like Gareth Hock, Fuifui Moimoi and Micky Higham.

Despite the Centurions’ disappointing Super 8 qualifying campaign, Beaumont says he is as committed as ever to the club’s quest to win promotion to the top flight for the first time since 2005.

“It’s a great time to be a Leyther,” said Beaumont. “The Super 8s was a bitter pill to swallow and I am a great advocate of the ‘power of now’ mentality.

“Only concern yourself with what you can control going forward, rather than dwelling on things you cannot change. The past can either damage you or educate you.

“Weak people let it damage them by dwelling on it, while strong people use it to empower and motivate them.

“We have done that, and despite not achieving our goal of sixth place for increased funding, we have continued with our targets, signing them as planned.”

Leigh have already recruited three forwards from Salford for 2016 – Reni Maitua, Cory Paterson and Harrison Hansen – along with Melbourne Storm’s Dayne Weston.

“To come into this squad you need to be able to improve on it,” said Beaumont. “So it was always going to have to be proven Super League/NRL players to do that.

“Reni and Harrison add to that with their international background, whereas Cory and Dane have vast NRL experience.

“Harrison, in particular, has won pretty much everything, so what he brings to the table is invaluable and the whole club will benefit from his presence. However, what is important to me and our spectators above all is that they have chosen to come to play for Leigh above other Super League offers. That is a commitment that is priceless.

“They have bought into our vision and are really keen on delivering for our fans.”

There was a fear among fans that Beaumont, the club’s main benefactor, was going to pull the plug on his investments and leave them in a the sort of perilous situation the club has experienced in the past.

But he has moved to reassure them, saying: “In simple terms, while the public of Leigh support the team I will continue funding it.

“Nothing in life is guaranteed. We are custodians of the club, which will always continue. I was inspired by the number of fans who stayed behind at Widnes to cheer the lads after they conceded 50 points.

“That is what made me decide to pump even more money in next year to cover the signings and the shortfall from our unexpected change in finishing position.”