Rowley hails fans ahead of Championship opener

Leigh forward Fuifui Moimoi and coach Paul Rowley
Leigh forward Fuifui Moimoi and coach Paul Rowley

LEIGH is buzzing ahead of Centurions’ Kingstone Press Championship opener against Bradford.

Ticket sales have already passed the 6,000 mark meaning it will be Leigh’s biggest home attendance for a competitive game since the Super League game against Wigan in 2005. It may even surpass that.

On Monday the Leigh team were guests at a civic reception held in their honour which also saw the launch of the Believe in Leigh campaign.

“It’s great to see the people of Leigh engaging with their team,” said coach Paul Rowley.

“The fans appreciate what we and the players have achieved and there is a fantastic relationship between us. Our fans are the best in the Championship.

“To have a crowd of around 7,000 for a Championship game would be just brilliant. And while Bradford are well supported I think we would have had a big crowd if we were playing anyone else. We have sustained the feel-good factor over the close season with the signings we’ve made and winning four out of four friendlies.”

Rowley has some difficult decisions as he looks to trim his matchday squad to 17 with Tom Armstrong, Adam Higson and Sam Barlow all fit again after suffering knocks in the friendly win over Keighley.

“It’s been hard to name a 19 man squad with a view to cutting it to 17,” admitted Rowley. “But the players who miss out are fully behind the team and what we are trying to do. This is the first rung on a very long ladder.”