2016 Leigh Centurions Squad

 

 

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Position: Full Back
Born: 2nd January 1991
Debut: 2012
Heritage Number: 1350
Contracted to: Nov. 2018
Gregg emerged at hometown Whitehaven and actually scored the last-ever try at Hilton Park in 2008.

His performances earned him a three-year contract at Huddersfield but first-team opportunities were limited and he spent loan spells with both Oldham and Barrow before joining Leigh.

In the past four seasons he has established himself as a top-class, try-scoring fullback who is also a useful goal-kicker and he became only the second Leigh fullback in history (after Neil Turley) to top 20 tries in a season in 2014.

He surpassed that achievement with 30 tries in 2015 and ended the year with a trio of Club Player of the Year awards, as voted for by the Head Coach, Leigh CPA and LISA respectively.

Gregg, whose contract was extended to Nov 2018, has also represented Ireland and his native Cumbria.

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Position: Winger
Born: 19th May 1987
Debut: 2008
Heritage Number: 1310
Contracted to: Nov. 2018
Adam enjoyed an outstanding 2014 campaign, scoring 17 tries in 26 games including some spectacular efforts and made the right-wing spot his own.

A former Leigh Miners Rangers ARL product, he made his senior debut in 2008 but his career was interrupted by injuries and he also spent one season playing for Swinton (in 2012) before making a successful return, justifying Head Coach Paul Rowley’s faith in his abilities.

Adam continued his consistent progress with another fine season in 2015 despite early injury setbacks. After passing the 100-game landmark he was later rewarded with a contract extension.

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Position: Center
Born: 17th July 1990
Debut: 2012
Heritage Number: 1394
Contracted to: Nov. 2016
Greg established himself as consistently one of the top performers in the Kingstone Press Championship during four seasons with Featherstone Rovers when he scored 54 tries in 101 appearances.

A former Queensbury ARL product, he joined Featherstone after graduating through the academy ranks at Huddersfield. Greg was granted a release a year early from his existing two-year contract with Rovers in order to take up a new career move with the Centurions for a five-figure fee.

In his first season at LSV he carved out a regular place in the right centre position, impressing with his consistent displays.

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Position: Center
Born: 8th July 1983
Debut: 2016
Heritage Number:
Contracted to: Nov. 2017
Signed on a two-year contract following his release from Catalans Dragons, Willie continues the heritage of famous Australian players joining Leigh, sparked by the Club’s first Australian signing Mick Bolewski over one hundred years ago.

Born in Canberra, of Tongan descent on his father’s side, Villiami Sione (Willie) Tonga’s parents were Aboriginal Inland Missionaries who moved around the country with their work. He made his NRL debut with Parramatta Eels in 2002 after being scouted by former Australian Test greats Arthur Beetson and Noel Cleal at a country rugby festival before joining Canterbury Bulldogs in 2004.

In his first year with his new club he played a prominent role in their 16-13 Grand Final victory over Sydney Roosters in an Eels side that also included current Centurions team-mate Reni Maitua.

Willie also made his Queensland and Australian Test debut in his breakthrough year of 2004, going on to make eight appearances (3 tries) for the Maroons and 12 appearances (8 tries) for the Kangaroos, including scoring two tries in Australia’s 44-4 Tri-Nations Final victory over Great Britain at Elland Road in 2004.

After joining North Queensland in 2009, Willie re-signed for Parramatta in 2012 before making the move to play with Catalans Dragons on a two-year contract for 2015. He has scored 86 tries in 200 club appearances and 11 tries in 22 representative appearances which also include appearances for the Prime Minister’s XIII and the Indigenous All Stars.

His younger brother Esi is also an established NRL player.

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Position: Half Back
Born: 25th July 1986
Debut: 2009
Heritage Number: 1314
Contracted to: Nov. 2016
Martyn enjoyed an outstanding 2014 campaign and carried off the Kingstone Press Championship Player of the Year Award and the Tom Bergin Trophy as Man of the Match in the Grand Final victory over Featherstone Rovers.

In 2015 his halfback partnership with Ryan Brierley continued to earn critical acclaim not least from former GB star Garry Schofield and was instrumental in another successful season.

A Leigh-born former Leigh Miners star and BARLA Young Lions and GB Community Lions International, Martyn made his debut for the Centurions in 2009 and has since become only the fifth player in Leigh history to score one thousand points for the Club.

A superb goal-kicker, he kicked 165 goals and two dropgoals in 2014 and followed up with 158 goals and one dropgoal in 2015. He ended the campaign with a tally of 1,501 points in 192 Leigh games and is third in the all-time Club goals chart and fourth in the all-time points chart.

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Position: Forward
Born: 26th September 1979
Debut: 2015
Heritage Number: 1395
Contracted to: Nov. 2016
Tongan born Fuifui experienced English club rugby for the first time in his illustrious career in 2015 having ended a successful eleven-year stint in the NRL with Parramatta.

After being spotted playing in New Zealand club rugby, he made his debut for the Eels in 2004 and became one of the NRL’s most recognisable and respected players, making 201 club appearances and scoring one of his 22 tries in the club’s 2009 grand final defeat at the hands of Melbourne Storm.

After making his New Zealand debut against Australia in 2007 he was a member of the All Golds touring party later that year and last represented the Kiwis in the 2011 Four Nations tournament, making 12 test match appearances in all.

He represented his native Tonga in the 2013 World Cup in England, playing in all three games, including the sell-out match against Cook Islands at LSV.

Fuifui continued the tradition of Tongan players at Leigh started by the popular Lee Hansen and Tau Liku, who both still live in the town, in the 1990s and soon made himself a great crowd favourite at LSV.

His signing was seen by Club Owner Derek Beaumont as a catalyst for the many top level players who followed his lead in signing for Leigh in 2015.

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Position: Hooker
Born: 8th December 1984
Debut: 2012
Heritage Number: 1353
Contracted to: Nov. 2016
An outstanding hooker, who has also been an important part of the Ireland set-up, playing in two World Cups, Bob passed the milestone of 300 career appearances in 2014, having gone through the 50-try barrier in 2013.

He has been an integral player for the Centurions set-up since he joined the Club from Halifax in 2012. Bob graduated through the ranks of Wigan St Patrick’s ARL and started his pro career at Wigan Warriors, where he represented England Academy against the Australian Schoolboys in a
historic win in 2003.

He made 22 first-team appearances for the Warriors before joining Widnes in October 2005 and Halifax three years later.

After passing a century of Leigh appearances early in 2015, Bob completed another fine season by being ever-present for Ireland in the autumn internationals.

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Position: Forward
Born: 15th December 1986
Debut: 2012
Heritage Number:
Contracted to: Nov. 2017
Dayne agreed terms with Leigh in July 2015 and at 6ft3 and weighing in at 16st7 will bring an imposing physical presence as well as top-flight experience to the Centurions pack as he follows in the long line of distinguished Australian players to play for the Club.

Hailing from Goulburn in south New South Wales Dayne earned a scholarship with Illawarra Steelers and began his top-flight career with Cronulla in 2007.

He subsequently played for North Queensland and Penrith and also in the Queensland Cup for Mackay Cutters and Burleigh Bears before joining Melbourne Storm midway through the 2013 season.

He has made a total of 80 NRL appearances and represented Queensland Residents in 2010. Dayne readily agreed to join new team-mates Ryan Brierley and Tom Spencer in being an ambassador for Leigh Community Trust.

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Position: Second Row / Loose Forward
Born: 26th October 1985
Debut: 2012
Heritage Number:
Contracted to: Nov. 2017
A vastly experienced forward who has achieved some of the game’s highest honours, Harrison was born in Auckland, NZ but schooled in England where his father Shane was a professional for both Salford and Swinton, earning a reputation as one of the game’s best tacklers.

Harrison played for the famous Folly Lane ARL club at junior level and came through the successful Wigan Warriors junior development scheme, making his first-team debut for the club in 2004.

He went on to make 238 appearances for the Warriors, winning the Grand Final in 2010 and the Challenge Cup in 2011 before achieving the notable Super League and Challenge Cup double in the club’s momentous 2013 campaign.After earning England international honours at youth level, he represented New Zealand in 2006 and then played for Samoa in the 2008 World Cup.

He was chosen to captain Samoa in the 2013 World Cup but had to withdraw from the team due to injury.

Harrison turned down the opportunity of a testimonial at Wigan to join Salford and in the past two seasons has been one of the mainstays of the Red Devils’ pack, making a total of 52 appearances for the club. He was appointed Joint Vice-Captain for the 2016 season.

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Position: Forward
Born: 5th September 1983
Debut: 2015
Heritage Number: 1397
Contracted to: Nov. 2018
A former Great Britain and England international forward Gareth joined the Club in Feb 2015 following his release from Salford Red Devils.Wigan born, he came through the Wigan scholarship and academy ranks and after winning Great Britain Academy international honours in 2001 made his first team debut in 2003 against Doncaster, earning Heritage Number 953.

He went on to score 11 tries in 32 appearances in his first season and soon established a reputation as one of the best forwards in the game.

He scored a total of 48 tries in 191 games for Wigan before leaving the club to spend a season long loan at Widnes in 2013 when he scored ten tries in 16 games.

In September 2013 he signed a four-year contract at Salford and scored six tries in 18 games for the Red Devils, taking his club tally to 64 tries in 227 games with a further nine appearances on the international stage.

Gareth’s autobiography was published in December 2015 to critical acclaim.

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Position: Utility
Born: 14th July 1987
Debut: 2016
Heritage Number:
Contracted to: Nov. 2018
Signed on a three-year contract up until the end of November 2018, Cory is a vastly experienced utility player in both the NRL and Super League.

Born in Perth, Western Australia, he was schooled in Newcastle, NSW and after earning Australian Schoolboy International honours joined the Newcastle Knights, making his NRL debut in 2007. He later played for North Queensland Cowboys (from 2011) and Wests Tigers (in 2014), making a total of 96 NRL appearances and scoring 26 tries.

After a season with Hull KR in 2013, when he scored seven tries in 17 games Cory came back to England to play for Salford Red Devils in the 2015 Super League campaign, scoring ten tries and kicking nine goals in 21 appearances. He was appointed Joint Vice-Captain for the 2016 season.

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Position: Hooker
Born: 18th September 1980
Debut: 1999
Heritage Number:
Contracted to: Nov. 2016
When Micky rejoined his hometown Club from Warrington in May 2015 the transfer fee involved was £50,000 which is a record Club fee for the summer era.

He made his Centurions second debut in the Summer Bash game against Featherstone Rovers at Bloomfield Road, nearly 15 years after his last Leigh appearance.After signing for his home-town club as a teenager from Leigh East, Micky made his first-team debut against Barrow on 14 Feb 1999.

He really came to the fore in the following season, scoring 22 tries in 32 Leigh games and his sparkling individual performance, capped by two tries, earned the Man of the Match Award as Paul Terzis’s side suffered a heartbreaking 13-12 defeat at the hands of Dewsbury Rams in the 2000 Northern Ford Premiership Grand Final.

After that pivotal game Micky then embarked on a fine career at the top level playing with distinction for St Helens between 2001 and 2005, Wigan Warriors between 2006 and 2008 and Warrington Wolves from 2009.

He scored 35 tries in 116 games for Saints and was a member of their Grand Final winning side in 2002 when Saints defeated Bradford Bulls 19-18 at Old Trafford. Earlier that year he had been a member of the Saints side defeated 21-12 by Wigan in the Challenge Cup Final at Murrayfield.

During three seasons at Wigan he scored 17 tries in 97 games and for Warrington scored 37 tries in 175 games, appearing for the Wolves in three victorious Challenge Cup Finals at Wembley, defeating Huddersfield 25-12 in 2009, Leeds 30-6 in 2010 and Leeds again 35-18 in 2012.

He was also a member of the Wolves side defeated by Leeds in the 2012 Super League Grand Final and again by Wigan one year later.

Micky also joined the select group of Leigh born players to represent Great Britain when he made his debut against New Zealand at Hull in the 2004 Tri-Nations and made three further appearances in the 2005 Tri-Nations series before touring down under with the GB party in 2006 and playing a tour game against Newcastle.

He has also represented Super League Under-21s, England Under-21s, England A and England and has scored two tries in 17 representative appearances.

Micky was honoured to be appointed Club Captain for the 2016 season.

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Position: Forward
Born: 21st June 1982
Debut: 2016
Heritage Number:
Contracted to: Nov. 2016
A vastly experienced and highly regarded Sydney born forward, Reni made six appearances on loan at Salford Red Devils for the Super 8s Qualifiers in 2015 after making 13 appearances in the Kingstone Press Championship for Featherstone Rovers.

Reni made his NRL debut with Canterbury Bulldogs in 2004 and ended a dream first season in the first grade by featuring in the Bulldogs’ 16-13 grand final victory over Sydney Roosters.

He later played for Cronulla and Parramatta in the NRL before returning to the Bulldogs for the 2014 campaign. He scored 30 tries in a total of 174 NRL appearances.

After winning an Australian Test cap against New Zealand in the 2006 Tri-Nations, Reni later represented Samoa in the 2013 World Cup.

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Position: Forward
Born: 4th April 1992
Debut: 2014
Heritage Number: 1389
Contracted to: Nov. 2016
London born Jamie first played Rugby League with Hemel Stags as a 16-year-old having initially played rugby union.

He moved to Wigan Warriors and was a regular in their Under-20s Academy side in 2011 and has also represented England and BARLA at Under-18s level.

Jamie made his senior debut as a dual registered player with South Wales Scorpions in 2012 and later that season played for Oldham.

In 2013 he was a regular in the Workington Town side, before joining Leigh in September 2013 and soon becoming a firm fans’ favourite.

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Position: Forward
Born: 2nd January 1991
Debut: 2012
Heritage Number: 1357
Contracted to: Nov. 2016
Tom initially joined the Centurions on a one-year deal from Wigan Warriors in October 2013 after making a big impression at LSV during two seasons as a dual registered player.

He made seven Super League appearances for Wigan and also played under dual registration for South Wales. Tom played a key role in the Centurions winning the Northern Rail Cup in 2013, scoring a try in the 43-28 final victory over Sheffield Eagles at Halifax.

The former Wigan St Patrick’s ARL junior and BARLA Under-19s international missed the end of the 2014 season after suffering a bad knee injury but fought his way back to full fitness and was a regular in 2015.

An ambassador for Leigh Community Trust, Tom is an outstanding professional on and off the field.

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Position: Half Back / Hooker
Born: 21st December 1993
Debut: 2014
Heritage Number: 1357
Contracted to: Nov. 2017
Formerly with St Helens, Lewis impressed playing for Paul Anderson’s Reserves side in 2014 and made his senior debut against Doncaster in May 2014.

He was one of several Reserves team stand-outs to be offered full-time contracts and, viewed as an outstanding prospect for the future this was then extended to the end of 2017.

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Position: Forward
Born: 17th February 1990
Debut: 2011
Heritage Number: 1347
Contracted to: Nov. 2017
After leaving to join Wigan Warriors at the end of the 2013 season Sam was soon back at the LSV in 2014 and played 20 games on loan, impressing in Leigh’s dominant pack.The Centurions then extended that loan period to cover the whole of the 2015 season before agreeing terms for a permanent move with the Warriors midway through the year.

After emerging through the ranks at Leigh East, Sam made rapid strides following his senior debut in 2011 and followed the lead of team-mate Chris Hill in signing for a Super League club.

He passed the landmark of 100 Leigh appearances late in the 2015 campaign. He played one game for Workington Town on dual registration from Wigan in 2014.

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Position: Forward
Born: 28th February 1990
Debut: 2015
Heritage Number: 1396
Contracted to: Nov. 2016
After joining Leigh on two-year full-time playing contract following his release from Salford Red Devils, Andrew was the LISA-sponsored player for 2015 when he was a regular in the pack.

He began his professional career with St Helens, signing from the Blackbrook ARL club and made his first-team debut in February 2009. He went on to earn a regular first-team squad place during his four seasons at Saints, often playing off the bench.

He featured in the Saints sides defeated in both the 2010 and 2011 Super League Grand Finals, playing alongside current Centurions team-mate Jake Emmitt in the first of those two finals.

At the end of the 2012 season, having scored 13 tries in 67 games for Saints he joined Salford on a three-year contract. In his first season he made 28 appearances scoring four tries and in 2014 he scored four tries in nine games while also playing one game on loan with Barrow Raiders.

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Position: Centre
Born: 12th September 1989
Debut: 2016
Heritage Number: 1340
Contracted to: Nov. 2016
After making a try-scoring debut for hometown club St Helens in 2009, Tom played for Leigh on a dual contract basis in 2011, scoring the match-winning try in their Northern Rail Cup Final victory over Halifax.
He played for Swinton Lions in 2012 and Kingstone Press Championship winners Sheffield Eagles in 2013 before re-joining the Centurions and is approaching a career tally of 100 tries in just over 160 senior games.

His outstanding left-wing partnership with Liam Kay was a feature of the 2014 and 2015 campaigns which he combined with successfully completing a Masters Degree at Manchester University after great support from the Club. This was marked by him receiving the prestigious award of Sport Manchester’s Student of the Year for 2015.

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Position: Winger / Center
Born: 7th December 1994
Debut: 2016
Heritage Number:
Contracted to: Nov. 2016
Eze has been one of the stand-out performers in the Centurions Reserves three-quarter line in the past two seasons after joining the Club from Eccles ARL, having also had a spell at Widnes.

He scored a total of 20 tries in 25 Reserves games in 2014 and 2015, his final one being a spectacular touchdown in the 2015 Reserves Championship grand final against Dewsbury Rams at LSV.

After tasting first-team action when he played in the 2015 warm up games against North Wales Crusaders and Oldham at LSV he joined Paul Leigh’s full-time squad for 2016.

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Position: Utility
Born: 8th August 1986
Debut: 2016
Heritage Number:
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A vastly experienced and successful player at club and international level, Lee has spent most of his career at Leeds Rhinos after graduating through their Academy ranks.

Morley born, he was Rhinos’ Senior Academy Player of the Year in 2003 and made his first-team debut against Wakefield in March 2005. He went to prove his versatility by playing for the Rhinos in three different positions in successive Super League Grand Final successes.

He scored a try from the wing in the Rhinos’ 33-6 Grand Final victory over St Helens in 2007 and scored a try from fullback a year later as Rhinos defeated Saints 24-16. His display at Old Trafford that evening won him the prestigious Harry Sunderland Trophy as man of the match.

In 2009 he scored two tries from centre in Rhinos’ 18-10 victory over Saints at Old Trafford before embarking on what proved to be a short career in rugby union with London Wasps. Lee returned to Leeds in February 2010 and went on to make 156 appearances for the club, scoring 68 tries with 34 goals and one drop goal. He experienced defeat in a major final, despite scoring a try, as Warrington Wolves defeated Leeds 30-6 in the 2010 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley.

In the summer of 2012 he joined Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and returned to rugby union to play for Newcastle Falcons in February 2014. He briefly returned to Wakefield at the end of the 2015 season when he crucially kicked a drop-goal in the Wildcats’ 17-16 win at LSV in the Super8s Qualifiers, one of six appearances for Brian Smith’s side last year. He made a total of 41 appearances for Wakefield with 23 tries, 79 goals and three drop goals.

Lee made his England debut in their Federation Shield success in 2006 and also represented his country in the 2008 World Cup and 2009 Four Nations tournament. In eight international appearances he has scored six tries and kicked one goal.

Lee needs three tries to join the elite band of players to score 100 tries in their senior Rugby League career. His current tally of 97 tries has come in 205 games and he has also kicked 114 goals and four drop goals.

Lee Smith’s signing takes the number of internationals in the Leigh Centurions playing squad to 13- an all-time Club record.

 

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Position: Half Back / Full Back
Born: 15th January 1994
Debut: 2014
Heritage Number: 1398
Contracted to: Nov. 2018
A talented, goalkicking halfback or fullback, Ben joined Leigh Centurions on a free-transfer from Castleford Tigers on a full-time contract in time for the start of preseason training in November 2014.

He came to the fore in the 2014 season, making two Super League appearances for Castleford and impressing on a dual registration contract with Kingstone Press Championship One League Leaders York City Knights.

Reynolds was joint Championship One Young Player of the Year in 2014 alongside City Knights team-mate James Saltonstall, was one of the nominations for Championship One Player of the Year won by York team-mate Jack Lee and also selected in the Championship One All Star team.

He scored seven tries and kicked 67 goals in 16 appearances for York during the season.

A former Knottingley and Featherstone Lions ARL product, Reynolds graduated through the ranks of the Castleford Tigers Academy and had been training full-time with the Tigers’ first-team squad since November 2012.

Though his first-team opportunities for Leigh were limited in 2015 he made eight appearances, scoring three tries and kicking six goals, having spent a month loan at Doncaster early in the campaign.

Ben signed a three-year contract extension tying him to the Club until the end of 2018 and was involved in a season long loan deal to Dewsbury Rams for the 2016 season to gain more first team experience, but was recalled by Head Coach Neil Jukes in March 2016 after the Club’s mounting injury list and reappeared for the Centurions in their fine victory at Halifax.

 

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Position: Hooker
Born: 6th January 1992
Debut: 2016
Heritage Number: 1410
Contracted to: Nov. 2017
Leigh Centurions announced the signing of Liam Hood in March 2016 and he made his debut in the win at Halifax a few days later, earning Heritage Number 1410.

Bradford born, Liam, 24, has played Super League for Leeds Rhinos and Salford Red Devils and has gained international experience with Scotland.

He made 22 appearances for Salford in 2015, playing alongside his new Leigh Centurions colleagues Rangi Chase, Harrison Hansen, Gareth Hock, Reni Maitua and Cory Paterson and played against Leigh in the Challenge Cup-tie between the two sides last season.

After signing professional forms from Stanningley and emerging through the ranks at Leeds, making his Super League debut in 2012, he was released at the end of that season (when he scored three tries in five games) frustrated by the lack of first-team opportunities.

Liam enjoyed a successful stint at a dual registration player at Dewsbury Rams in 2012 and impressed with Hunslet Hawks in 2013 and 2014, starring in the Hawks’ dramatic Championship One grand final success over Oldham before getting another opportunity of being a full-time player with Salford.

In 2016 he played for fellow Kingstone Press Championship club Swinton Lions after cutting short an intended move to play in the Queensland competition before the Lions agreed to release him when the opportunity of a full-time contract came along.

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Position: Forward
Born: 7th March 1988
Debut: 2014
Heritage Number: 1387
Contracted to: Nov. 2019
Halifax born Sam enjoyed an outstanding first season at LSV and was rewarded with a five-year contract extension.

After previous experience with his Huddersfield, Sheffield and his hometown club, as well as a loan spell at Featherstone, he blossomed under Paul Rowley’s coaching.

A former England Academy international, he represented Scotland in the 2013 World Cup.

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Position: Halfback
Born: 15th June 1992
Debut: 2016
Heritage Number:
Contracted to:  Nov. 2016
After experiencing NRL first grade with both St George Illawarra and Wests Tigers, sandwiched by an impressive season long spell at London Broncos in 2014, Josh joined the Centurions in May 2016 and made a try-scoring debut off the bench at Swinton 72 hours after arriving from Australia.

A former Manly junior, Sydney born Josh impressed playing in the NSW Cup and won Man of the Match as NSW Residents beat Queensland Residents in Brisbane shortly before his arrival at LSV.

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Position: Stand Off / Hooker / Half Back
Born: 6th February 1984
Debut: 2016
Heritage Number: 1414
Contracted to:  End of 2016 (On loan from St Helens)
Travis Burns joined Leigh Centurions on loan from St Helens until the end of the current season in June 2016 and made an impressive debut in the win at Whitehaven, earning Heritage Number 1414.

The 32-year-old Queenslander is a vastly experienced player in both the NRL and Super League and though best known as a goal-kicking stand-off is a highly versatile pivot player.

After beginning his NRL career with Manly in 2005, Burns later played for North Queensland Cowboys and Penrith Panthers before making the move to Hull KR in 2013. After two impressive seasons there he moved to St Helens for a reported £60,000 fee on a three-year contract.

He has made over 200 senior appearances, 127 gained in eight seasons in the NRL and in his first season with Hull KR showed his prowess as a goal-kicker, landing 80 goals including two drop goals.

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Position: Back Row Forward
Born: 10th March 1983
Debut: 2016
Heritage Number: 1417
Contracted to:  Nov. 2017
Leigh Centurions confirmed the signing of the vastly experienced back row forward Danny Tickle from Castleford Tigers just before the transfer deadline and he made his debut off the bench against Dewsbury at LSV.

A product of the famous Golborne Parkside community club, Tickle’s first professional club was Halifax, making his Super League debut as a teenager in 2000. He moved on to Wigan in 2002 and then spent seven seasons with Hull between 2007-13 before two years at Widnes Vikings in 2014-15. He joined Castleford in April 2016.

Few players can match Tickle’s remarkable consistency and durability in topflight Rugby League and he is also recognised as a top class goal-kicker and regular try-scorer. He has made a total of 378 Super League appearances comprising 42 for Halifax, 130 for Wigan, 164 for Hull, 34 for Widnes and 8 for Castleford, scoring a total of 92 tries and kicking 912 goals.

Overall, including four appearances for England he has made just over 400 senior appearances and scored 96 career tries and kicked 1012 goals. In his last England appearance against Wales at Bridgend in 2009 Micky Higham was a team-mate.

Tickle won a European Championship winners medal with England in 2003 and has also played in the 2003 Grand Final and in the 2004 and 2013 Challenge Cup finals.

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Position: Three-quarter
Born: 2nd October 1990
Debut: 2016
Heritage Number: 1416
Contracted to:  Nov. 2018
Leigh Centurions completed the signing of St Helens three-quarter Matty Dawson just before the July transfer deadline, after agreeing a five figure transfer fee.He made his debut on the wing against Dewsbury at LSV.

A former Castleford Tigers junior who was a regular at halfback in the Tigers’ U20s side in 2010, he joined Huddersfield Giants in October 2010 and went on to make his Super League debut on the wing against Warrington in 2012.

He made a further four appearances for the Giants in 2013 and also scored three tries in ten games for Doncaster on dual registration before following former Giants coach Nathan Brown to St Helens.

In the past three seasons he has scored 16 tries in 50 games for Saints and also enjoyed a productive dual registration spell with Rochdale Hornets in 2014, scoring four tries in five games.

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Position: Wing / Full Back / Centre
Born: 7th November 1987
Debut: 2016
Heritage Number:
Contracted to:  Nov. 2018
Leigh Centurions confirmed the signing of the experienced NRL star Mitch Brown from Cronulla Sharks just ahead of the July transfer deadline.

Born in Sutherland, New South Wales Mitch Brown is a former Gymea junior who represented the Australian Schoolboys in 2005 and made his NRL debut on the wing for Cronulla against Penrith in 2006.

He played for Cronulla until the end of the 2009 season before joining Wests Tigers and moved onto play for Canterbury Bulldogs early in the 2012 campaign. He was a member of the Canterbury side that lost to South Sydney in the 2014 NRL grand final.

In the last two seasons he has been back at Cronulla and shortly before moving to England he missed best man duties at his brother’s wedding to score a try against Penrith in the Sharks’ 13th consecutive victory that enhanced their position at the top of the NRL ladder. Brown is credited with 39 tries in 132 NRL games.