A WEEKEND off has given Leigh’s coach and players fresh enthusiasm for the business end of the season.
With the Tetley’s Challenge Cup taking centre stage last Saturday, many of the Centurions squad and staff enjoyed a holiday before returning to training on Tuesday.
“The players have enjoyed their break which came in the wake of celebrations after we won the League Leaders Shield,” said coach Paul Rowley. “But now we are ready to go again and the weekend off has allowed us to refocus. The season enters a new phase now.”
Centurions secured top spot in the Kingstone Press Championship earlier this month and on Saturday play their final home league fixture of the season against Workington Town. The play-offs begin on September 14.
Both Tom Spencer and Tommy Goulden are out for the rest of the season as they recover from operations and Rowley has hinted Jonny Walker could make his senior debut on Saturday.
Walker joined Leigh from Hull KR recently and has been clocking up gametime in the reserves.
“Jonny’s in my thoughts for this week,” said Rowley. “I am looking to make one or two changes in the pack to cover for the loss of Tom and Tommy. We are fortunate in that we have some strength in depth in this area but it is still a huge blow to lose both those players in quick succession ahead of the play-offs.”
Workington have enjoyed some good results of late and proved stubborn opposition when Leigh went to Derwent Park back in June. Centurions eventually won 28-16.
“Phil Veivers looks to be making his mark as coach,” said Rowley. “He has signed a new contract and the club are aiming for a top four finish next season by all accounts.
“They have utilized the dual registration link with Wigan Warriors to their advantage but also have some quality home grown players too. They are a really good, big team.”