LEIGH Centurions have been given a double boost for 2013 with the re-signing of centre Adam Higson from Swinton Lions and back row forward Jimmy Taylor.
Higson switched clubs last season and was in sensational form until picking up a knee injury mid-way through the campaign that necessitated surgery. Taylor has been considering his future at Leigh, but has finally agreed to put pen to paper and stay at the club that he has graced for almost 10 years.
“It’s tremendous news for us on both counts,” confirmed Centurions head coach Paul Rowley. ”AJ (Higson) was in great form at Swinton and we were very disappointed to lose him at the end of 2011. For whatever reason he wasn’t particularly happy at Leigh at that time, but he is a Leigh lad, signed from the Miners and at 24 he has a great deal still to offer.
“He’s as fit as a fiddle and although he has rehabilitation to undergo that will prevent him from playing until April, we can live with that. It is a long season and there will still be plenty of games in which he can contribute.
“Jimmy’s resigning will take him through to his 10th year with the club and hopefully he will be granted a testimonial by the Rugby Football League. The club has made application on his behalf and if it is granted then 2013 will be his testimonial year. Jimmy is exactly the type of player you want to take with you to the grounds where the opposition is tough and uncompromising. He’s only 27 and never takes a backward step, is relentless in taking up the ball and has a prodigious work rate. To sign him for another 12 months is a great boost and further strengthens our squad for a crucial season.”
Meanwhile Rowley has confirmed that Leigh will be playing at least two pre-season matches in preparation for the 2013 campaign. “Both games will be at the Leigh Sports Village, which is great news for our fans,” explained Rowley. “The first is at home to Salford City Reds on Sunday December 30, and the following week, January 6, we will play Wigan Warriors.
“I will then be looking for a game or possibly two against Championship sides as we look to build to the start of the season which seems likely to be the first week of February.
“But those two matches against Super League opposition are just what we need and the players are certainly excited about the prospect.
“We had our first get together last Sunday when we outlined our season’s preparation, ahead of the players starting their weights programme this week.”