Professional switch suits Centurions

Leigh Centurions' close season signing Richard Beaumont
Leigh Centurions' close season signing Richard Beaumont

PAUL Rowley has paid tribute to his staff and players for buying into the new full-time culture at Leigh Centurions.

The Kingstone Press Championship Champions returned to training earlier this month as a professional outfit after 10 years of being part-time.

It’s meant big changes for everyone at the club. From the practicalities of training in daylight to ordering extra training gear, the full-time environment is one which Rowley thrives in.

“Being full-time is a new experience for a lot of our players and staff,” said the Leigh coach. “Things are progressing well after our first full week of training and there have been some tired bodies.

“There’s a long way to go of course but we are working within new structures and the Sports Village have been brilliant in accommodating us.”

Rowley praised new arrivals Greg Worthington and Richard Beaumont for the way they’ve settled in.

“The new players have become part of our family straightaway,” said Rowley. “Especially Richard - you can tell he has been involved in an elite environment before. He has impressed everyone.”