No-one’s place is safe warns Leigh boss Rowley

Stuart Littler of Leigh Centurions. Photo: Brian King
Stuart Littler of Leigh Centurions. Photo: Brian King

PAUL Rowley says no player’s first team shirt is safe despite Leigh’s blistering start to the season.

Centurions currently top the Kingstone Press Championship following three successive wins, all of which have seen Rowley’s men run in 52 points.

But Rowley showed he is not afraid to change a winning team by drafting in Martin Aspinwall, Kurt Haggerty and Sean Penkywicz for the game against Whitehaven – all were missing at Barrow the previous week.

Out went Alex Brown, Jamie Acton and Ryan Duffy.

“Everyone who is in the team will have got there on merit,” said Rowley.

“At the moment we have a great situation where everyone deserves to play and no-one deserves not to play.

“We have 49 players registered to the club and I see every one of them as a potential first teamer.

“Against Whitehaven I had Chris Hankinson as 18th man because he has been so good in the reserves.

“Anthony Bate would have started had he not pulled up in training ahead of the Whitehaven game. Then there’s the likes of Lewis Foster who has been outstanding in the reserves too. Everyone has a chance.

“We are strong as a club, as a whole unit at the moment, and it’s a nice position to be in.”