Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, Leigh MP Jo Platt and Lord Peter Smith have issued a joint plea for new investment in Leigh Centurions.
The Championship club were dealt a blow last week when owner Derek Beaumont announced he would be stepping away from the club at the end of the season as a place in this season’s Super 8s Qualifiers, and an immediate return to Super League, looked out of reach.
That was followed by an exodus of players including Peter Mata’utia, captain Harrison Hansen, Bodene Thompson, Jordan Thompson, Ben Crooks and Craig Hall.
And to worsen the Centurions’ plight, Featherstone Rovers landed another blow to their slim promotion aspirations by beating league leaders Toronto Wolfpack yesterday, meaning Leigh have to hope Halifax AND London Broncos lose their games against Rochdale and Barrow this afternoon, an unlikely outcome even for the most optimistic observers.
"We know this is a worrying time for all Leigh fans so we wanted to provide reassurance that we stand behind the club and are ready to support it in any way we can through this coming period,” the statement read.
"The success Leigh Centurions have seen in recent years will live long in the memory and is due in no small part to the energy and finance invested by Derek Beaumont. We thank him for his efforts on the club’s behalf.
"Leigh Centurions now needs to begin a new era which could bring real opportunities to build on our traditions. This club has some of the best facilities in Rugby League, a loyal fanbase and neighbouring amateur clubs which are a production line for top players. All of the fundamentals for success are firmly in place and we make a direct appeal to potential investors in Leigh to step forward and write the next chapter in this great club’s proud history."