When Gary Met Kurt

Leigh Centurions’ final Player Sponsorship of the 2018 season was cemented before last Sunday’s Betfred Championship opener against Toronto Wolfpack.

Well known local hairdresser Gary Pollett of Atico Hair Studio met up with his sponsored player, PNG star Kurt Baptiste in Premier Club at LSV before kick-off.

Gary, a former sponsor of Fuifui Moimoi missed out on the recent shirt presentation evening at LSV as Baptiste’s arrival was delayed following his involvement in the World Cup.

The Canberra Raiders hooker played a starring role in all four of PNG’s games in the tournament prior to joining up with Leigh.

But Baptiste, who will wear  number 27 in the season ahead was only too pleased to belatedly present Gary with a signed shirt  as a souvenir of his valued sponsorship.

“Leigh is a fantastic club and I’m delighted to support them by sponsoring another world class player,” said Gary, who revealed that he once trained as a hairdresser alongside owner Derek Beaumont.

“Derek decided that a career in hairdressing wasn’t for him and pursued another business career that has enabled him to support the Club so much. Looking at how well he’s done you have got to say he made the right decision.

“I’m delighted to be able to contribute a sponsorship in this way. Fui was a great signing and really was the catalyst for so many big name players coming to the club and I am delighted to have this opportunity of sponsoring Kurt.”

Baptiste told the diners that he had settled in well at the club and was looking forward to making his debut.

“I have been made very welcome and can’t wait to get started,” he said. “Playing for my country at the World Cup was a fantastic experience and one I will never forget. The fans in PNG are so passionate about Rugby League.

“I am looking forward to stepping out at LSV and playing in front of all the fanatical Leigh Centurions supporters.”

The full list of Leigh Centurions Player Sponsors for 2018 is as follows:

1 Craig Hall LISA
2 Matty Dawson Jones GM Projects
3 Ben Crooks 247 Technology Ltd
4 Peter Mata’utia Fitfield Ltd
5 Rhys Evans Brick Store Ltd
6 Ben Reynolds Cloud4 Computers Ltd
7 Drew Hutchison The Pavilion Furniture Outlet
8 Paterika Vaivai Lyndon Scaffolding
9 Daniel Mortimer CDA Business Services Ltd
10 Jamie Acton Impact Insurance
11 Kevin Larroyer Tommy Sale MBE Youth Development Programme
12 Bodene Thompson Palatine Paints
13 Harrison Hansen captain ETA Skip Hire
14 Liam Hood CTR Joinery
15 Jordan Thompson Cal Sameday
16 Larne Patrick Hilltop Products
17 Kyle Lovett Impact Insurance
18 Nathan Mason Polar Cooling
19 Jack Owens Anthony’s Travel
20 Greg Richards Signtech
21 Nick Gregson LISA
22 Ricky Bailey Pam Ties
23 Jonah Cunningham The Railway Tavern, Westleigh
24 Jack Blagbrough Cut Throat Tattoos
25 Ilias Bergal ASK Platt Office Supplies Ltd
26 Jordan Dezaria The O’Donnell Family
27 Kurt Baptiste Atico Hair & Beauty

In addition the coaching staff are sponsored as follows:

Neil Jukes Ascot Services UK Limited Head Coach
Keiron Cunningham Struktura Engineering Services Ltd Head of Rugby
Kieron Purtill Not Just Travel Assistant Coach
Paul Anderson Analysis Pro Limited Assistant Coach
Micky Higham Glazing Systems & Installations Ltd
Paul Wood & Ste Maden Pennine Utilities Ltd

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