LEIGH will have the sons of two famous players making their senior debuts on Sunday against North Wales Crusaders.
Jack Hansen, son of Lee and Elliot Liku, son of Tau will line up alongside their hero, Tongan international Fuifui Moimoi.
Eighteen-year-old Jack has just signed a two-year deal with the Centurions having graduated through the ranks of Leigh East. A highly promising scrum-half and pivot player, he earned junior representative honours with Lancashire Under-19s and BARLA and also had a short spell at Warrington.
Back row forward Elliot Liku, also 18, was a regular in Paul Anderson’s reserves side last season which emulated their first-team counterparts by lifting the Championships League Leaders and Grand Final winners double.
Back row forward Jacque Peet, 20, and 18-year-old hooker Jordan Hill also make their senior debuts for the Centurions having recently penned deals alongside the experienced Andrew Dixon, who has just joined the club from Salford Red Devils.
Former Warrington Wolves U19s Player of the Year Peet played 16 first-team games for Swinton Lions last year while Hill, who has won county and international honours in the community game, is another product of Leigh East.
Leigh head of rugby Derek Beaumont said: “Jack is a really good prospect and we know he comes from good stock. It is rather befitting that he signs for the club his father played for and is another product of one of our community clubs, Leigh East, again showing that our local clubs can produce professional players for the town’s team.
“Jack is young and strong and Paul Anderson has high hopes for him. It is a fairytale story in many respects that he will make his debut playing alongside Fui and Elliot Liku and that is something he will enjoy and a memory he will treasure. I am really pleased to see Paul Rowley giving some of our younger players an opportunity they deserve to impress upon him and our fans and grace the stage at LSV.
Centurions head coach Paul Rowley said: “This week’s squad will see many of the club’s exciting youngsters debut as we field a very young and inexperienced back line. They will have the protective arm of our full strength middle unit with the only exceptions being Sam Barlow and Jake Emmitt who I have chosen to rest.
“I have continued with our proud philosophy of giving our youngsters every opportunity to play when possible to give us a sneak preview to the stars of the not-to-distant future. The middle players will feature to ensure we remain strong and forceful at all times and also to get in more game-time in readiness for the season.
“I am particularly looking forward to seeing our new signing Jack Hansen make his debut and know all the youngsters are excited to perform in front of our fans on our fantastic pitch.
Leigh kicked off their preseason programme with a win over Wigan Warriors last Sunday.