Rowley: We’re ready for a tough Easter

Paul Rowley, coach, Leigh Centurions
Paul Rowley, coach, Leigh Centurions

Leigh Centurions are ready for the annual tough Easter test thanks to the best preparation they have had in years.

Last Thursday night’s comeback win over Barrow may have been a little more unsettling than it needed to be for fans and coaching staff alike, but at least it gave coach Paul Rowley the opportunity to have eight days to prepare for the two match Easter programme that starts with the Good Friday game ‘away’ to Swinton Lions.

“We have had a tough couple of weeks,” said Rowley. “And the extra few days rest will help us recuperate. Easter is always a tough time with two games in four days, and sometimes in the past we have had to back up from a Sunday game. This time we have used the time wisely and with the Swinton game being Friday, the only difference from a home match is that we will be in the away dressing room.

“Swinton will be another stiff test for us especially with Richard Marshall in charge effectively for the first time, and with some very strong players in their ranks we will have plenty of work to do.

“Monday sees Workington at the LSV and if we can pick up maximum points it will start to put pressure on those above us.”

James Taylor picked up a heavy knock against Barrow but will be monitored as Rowley will look to use as many of his squad as possible over the two games.

Meanwhile,as revealed exclusively in last week’s Leigh Reporter the Centurions have now formalised their partnership with Wigan Warriors. It’s an agreement that sees Leigh able to call upon four of the Warriors’ squad of young players when required whilst still ensuring that Leigh retain their autonomy and identity.

“This is an absolute fantastic opportunity,” said Leigh Centurions Chairman, Keith Freer. “Here at Leigh we have some of the best facilities in rugby league and now we are in partnership with one of the biggest names in the sport which enables Leigh to develop and strengthen to achieve our ultimate goal of being in the Super League at the earliest opportunity.

“It does not in any way adversely affect the independence of the Centurions, if anything it enhances our independence and our ability to compete.

“I must thank both Ian Lenagan and Kris Radlinski in agreeing to the terms of the partnership.”

The partnership came into being following the announcement of the Championship clubs Leigh, Featherstone, Halifax and Sheffield, agreeing a memorandum of understanding regarding the dual registration system and how it should be implemented.