New signings will have to wait for Leigh debut

Jonny Walker is still to make his Leigh senior debut
Jonny Walker is still to make his Leigh senior debut

PAUL Rowley says he is in no immediate rush to give new signings Jonny Walker and Michael Platt their Leigh debuts.

Walker has played in the reserves twice following his recent move from Hull KR while Platt joined Centurions last Friday - initially on loan from Salford - before going full-time in 2015.

But Leigh coach Rowley says he wants the new recruits to earn their place and at the moment he doesn’t envisage big changes to a team which tops the Kingstone Press Championship by 10 points.

“There will be an element of rotation as we build up to the play-offs,” said Rowley. “Jonny has made steady progress and impressed for the reserves at Keighley last week.

“He has settled in very well and is happy at the club but he knows he has to wait for an opportunity. His attitude has been spot on.

“I would have no problem in pitching him - or Michael Platt - straight in if the situation demanded it. But at the moment, the players who have the shirts are desperate to keep them.”

Rowley also said he had challenged former Wigan prop Tom Spencer to win his place back by clocking up some minutes in the reserves.

“Tom needs to crank it up and I’ve told him as much.”