LEIGH centre Cameron Pitman is joining Barrow on loan while Josh Ward is joining the Cumbrians on a permanent deal.
Australian Pitman will be there on a month’s loan while halfback Ward has been released in order to join the Raiders on a permanent basis following his loan spell with the Kingstone Press Championship One club.
Pitman, 25, paid his own way over from Australia to trial with Leigh, making his debut in 2013 after impressive displays in the Reserves and has played 16 first team games, scoring six tries. He was born in Dorset and has a British passport. He previously played for Coogee Wombats in the South Sydney Junior RFL.
Leigh Centurions head of rugby Derek Beaumont said: “Cameron is a great person and a great player. He gives everything 110 percent all of the time and is valued amongst the group. It is our job as a club to ensure all our players are progressing and sometimes that involves putting a player on loan to get the competitive games he needs and also enable them to generate some bonuses that they can only do while playing.
“We have a few of our future stars on loan at Barrow and Cameron will fit right into that whilst maintaining his full-time training with us. Paul Rowley is very comfortable with the environment and systems of Barrow coach Paul Crarey which gives us confidence that our players will progress at Barrow.”
Ward, 19 made his debut for Leigh against Avignon in 2012, becoming the third youngest player to play for the club after Dick Breare and Jason Donohue. Last season he starred in the reserves’ double-winning campaign, kicking 138 goals and one drop goal and scoring 13 tries in 20 games before joining the Raiders on loan.
Beaumont said: “Josh Ward is a player that has been coming along nicely and part of his development was to go to Barrow and take the next step which it is evident he has been more than capable of doing.
“We have agreed to let Josh to fully commit his short term future to Barrow so that he can fully embrace and concentrate on what they are doing. We are not turning our back on him but allowing him to progress in the manner that is right for him.
“We will monitor Josh during review of our boys’ performances from the Barrow videos. There is nothing to say that Josh won’t end up playing for Leigh down the line as he is a young talent. You can’t keep hold of everyone and have to be fair to players to act in their best interests in order that they can achieve the best they can for themselves at that particular time.
“Barrow wanted some certainty around Josh so that they could build and forward plan and when we considered this we agreed that it was right for him and we really wish him every success at Barrow. He is a great lad and will always be most welcome at our club.”