Rising stars sign new deals with Centurions

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LEIGH Centurions have coonfirmed that two more of their promising young players have committed their immediate futures to the club by signing extended contracts until November 2016.

Halfback or hooker Lewis Foster and centre or second row Chris Hankinson, both aged 20, have impressed for Paul Anderson’s reserves side so far this season and the coach has worked closely with head of rugby Derek Beaumont and the Centurions board to secure the duo on contracts.

The duo follow in the footsteps of Sam Baggaley, Frankie Halton and Sam Peet who also signed new contracts recently.

Anderson said: “I am very pleased that the directors have again backed my judgement and in recent weeks we have now signed up five players who all have the potential to become good players for Leigh Centurions.

“Lewis played for St Helens Under-19s and has a big future ahead of him. He prefers playing nine but could easily become a seven over time. He had a great pre-season and featured well in the first-team pre-season friendlies.

“Chris is a Wigan lad who can play in the pack or three-quarters and could even become a prop. He is a versatile player and got a taste of first-team action when he made a try-scoring debut off the bench in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup-tie against Wigan St Pats.”