Rowley calls on fans to back rising stars in Grand Final

Leigh's reserves squad and coaching staff. Photo: Brian King.
Leigh's reserves squad and coaching staff. Photo: Brian King.
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PAUL Rowley has called on all Leigh fans to get behind the under 20s side ahead of their Grand Final against Sheffield Eagles on Friday.

Like the senior squad, the under 20s topped their league at the end of the regular season and lost just one game.

Coached by former Centurions player Paul Anderson, the self styled ‘reserves’ have scored more than 1,000 points this year.

“How good would it be to get 1,000 people there at the Sports Village on Friday,” said Rowley. “It would be a fitting reward for the reserves if they could win a Grand Final but Sheffield are a strong side and the home supporters could make the difference.

“All of the first team squad will be in attendance to support the lads and we will have the Leaders Shield there - hopefully it will drive them on.

“There is a really good feeling about this young squad, many of whom have earned contracts for next season.”

Centurions director Steve Openshaw said: “These players are a joy to watch.

“The commitment and professionalism shown this year really is a credit to not just Paul Anderson and his backroom staff, but to the players both collectively and as individuals.

“Throughout the club we have supported them from day one and treat them as equals - they are our rising stars and fully deserve to play their final on the LSV pitch in front of our fans.

“Our supporters have been nothing short of brilliant all season with the first team, home and away.

“On Friday we’d ask them to share that support with the talent coming through the system. This isn’t just a reserves game, it’s a Grand Final and just as importantly a huge chance to show our younger players just what playing for our club and our town really means. We’d love our fans to help show them”.

The West Stand will be open for the match and tickets are available at £5 for adults, £3 concessions, and free to accompanied under 12’s.

A special limited edition match programme will be on sale priced £1.