Leigh Centurions have formed a partnership with Wigan Warriors that will ensure the club’s autonomy whilst enabling a player pathway to help develop younger players of both clubs.
It’s an agreement that is close to the heart of Leigh head coach Paul Rowley and which will maintain the guiding principles adopted by the so-called ‘Big Four’ of the Championship – Featherstone Rovers, Halifax, Sheffield Eagles and Leigh – who don’t wish to see their clubs used as a way back from injury for senior Super League players.
“We favour the arrangement that we felt worked well as dual-registration last year,” said Rowley. “And that doesn’t mean we will be using half a dozen players with various levels of experience. We will only be using players that are on Wigan’s development pathway and need game time, when it suits us best to use them.
“It retains the decision making with the Championship club and in my opinion is the way that best suits the players and the clubs. We don’t want to be part of anything that would see us stacking our team with another club’s players and which hinders the development of local talent.
“This partnership with Wigan is one we have been working on all year and one that we really feel is workable and of value to ourselves, the Warriors, the fans and the players.”