Sam Brooks Signs For Leigh Centurions

Leigh Centurions are pleased to confirm the signing of former Featherstone Rovers prop forward Sam Brooks who will team up again with head coach John Duffy at LSV.

Brooks, 25, enjoyed an outstanding 2018 season in the Rovers pack, playing 29 games including all four matches against Leigh, signing off with a winner’s medal in the Championship Shield final.

“Sam was probably Fev’s stand-out forward last season and in the closing weeks of the campaign really came to the fore and upped his game to another level,” said Leigh Centurions head coach John Duffy.

“We were desperately short on numbers due to injuries and only had 14 men for one game, against Leigh, so Sam had to play for the full 80 minutes.

“He stood up to be counted and over the last six months, and especially during that testing period, he matured more than ever.

“He put in the hard work and got the rewards and you could really see the change in him.

“Sam grafts hard on building sites all day, where he works as a bricklayer and he’s really grown in stature.

“He knows the challenges we are facing in 2019 and he knows how big a club Leigh Centurions are and he can’t wait to get started.”

Brooks came through the Wigan Warriors Academy system before making his Championship debut with Halifax in 2014. He later played for Rochdale Hornets and Whitehaven before returning to the full-time ranks with Widnes Vikings in 2016. He has also represented Scotland on four occasions.

Sam Brooks says: “I really enjoyed my time at Featherstone playing under Duffs. It was a tough season especially towards the end and for the first time in my career I had to play the full 80.

“When you’re being spelled you’re told to give 100 percent until you can’t run no more, but I had to adapt my game and be smarter with my energy to go the distance.

“I made friends for life at Fev and we had a good side. It was a really positive experience.

“Duffs is a great coach. He’s excellent technically and he’s got great man management skills. He gets on well with the lads and he’ll always get a good team spirit.

“But he’s tough taskmaster and lets you know if you’re not meeting the standards he expects.”

Brooks looks back on his formative years at Wigan and reflects how important they’ve proved to be in his career.

“Wigan instil good habits into you at a young age,” he says. “Players then carry on with those habits throughout their career. It’s the little things they teach you that players really appreciate and the Academy system is good for that. Being in that system and benefitting from the coaching is invaluable.

“Going away from a full-time environment and into employment outside the game is a massive lifestyle change. It was good being full-time but I also love my new life now and I’m looking forward to enjoying my rugby at Leigh.

“As a player when the fixtures came out you’d always look for when you were playing Leigh. It’s always a big game, playing against Leigh, for every team. So playing for the club is an appealing one for any player.

“The fans are great and they turn out in numbers home and away and the facilities for training and playing at LSV are really good and Super League standard.

“Put it all together and it makes training and playing all the more enjoyable.

“Being part-time you have to be dedicated and it’s tough at times. But it’s not a long playing career and it’s over in a flash. So you have to put the hard work in to reap the rewards.

“We have some big, strong, ugly lads in our pack and it’s going to be fun playing alongside them. I’m easily the best looking of all of them. Duffs is building a good side and I can’t wait for the season to start.”

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