Ben Reynolds has signed a three year contract with Leigh despite having only played twice for the senior team this season.
The 21-year-old joined the club on a free transfer from Castleford Tigers in October 2014. The goalkicking halfback or fullback came to the fore in the 2014 season making two Super League appearances for Castleford and impressing on a dual registration contract with Kingstone Press Championship One League Leaders York City Knights.
Reynolds was joint Championship One Young Player of the Year, was one of the nominations for Championship One Player of the Year and also selected for the Championship One All Star team.
A former Knottingley and Featherstone Lions ARL product, he graduated through the ranks of Castleford Tigers Academy and began training full-time with the Tigers’ first-team squad in November 2012.
He spent a spell on loan at Doncaster earlier in the current season and made his Leigh Centurions debut in the recent Kingstone Press Championship game against Halifax, earning Heritage Number 1398, and made his first start in the victory at Whitehaven.
Leigh Centurions head of rugby Derek Beaumont said: “Ben has really settled in well at the club and is a great character, well-liked by everyone involved.
“He has established himself amongst the lads and has come on leaps and bounds. He has shown what he is all about and what he has got with a great performance in the pre-season warm-up Games, particularly against Wigan and recently with his first team debut against Halifax where he arguably changed the game.
“Ben is a tough competitor who understandably wants to succeed as quickly as possible, but he realises he needs to be patient within the squad and that is something he is prepared to do. In every successful team there is a player of equal quality sat out capable of covering the various positions.”
Leigh coach Paul Rowley said: “I am delighted that Ben has chosen to stay and continue his development with us despite other opportunities that were available to him. He is a fantastic lad and really adds value on and off the pitch. On behalf of all the players and staff I congratulate him on signing his new contract.”