Toby Adamson Becomes A Centurion

Leigh Centurions are delighted to confirm the signing of Toby Adamson who joins elder brother Luke as part of John Duffy’s squad revolution at LSV.

From the old Leigh East ground at Grasmere Street to LSV is a five minute walk. For Toby the journey took 20 years, but he’s glad he started out.

“As a kid I trained at Leigh East, where my brother played, in the shadow of Hilton Park. All I ever wanted to do was play for Leigh so to finally get the chance to achieve that dream is an amazing feeling,” he explains.

“When John Duffy approached me and asked if I was interested in playing for Leigh I got a buzz off him straight away. I’ve never had a buzz like it. He’s building a local team who want to play for Leigh and the response in training has been massive.

“The positivity and passion from the players is something else. The critics may label us a team of cast-offs and no-hopers but I know we’re going to surprise a lot of people this coming season.

“And if you sign the Adamson brothers you’ll get blood, sweat and tears. We’ll give 100 percent from the first second till the clock is ticking over on 79 minutes and 59 seconds. We’ll always rip in.

“We’ve only had a few training sessions together but the feeling around the place convinces me that come that first game against Toulouse we’ll be ready.”

Adamson The Younger, 28, followed in Luke’s footsteps in signing for Salford but had time off from his rugby career to finish a law degree at the University of Liverpool.

A chance conversation with the highly respected Clive Griffiths, then coach at North Wales Crusaders, revived his career.

“Clive was a big influence on me and got me back in touch with rugby after I’d fallen out of love with the game,” he says. “Playing at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham was a fantastic experience and the fans really got behind us.

“We had a great year in 2013 and won the Northern Rail Bowl and later Championship One. Leigh played Sheffield later that day after we’d won the Bowl in the Northern Rail Final and I remember looking at the size of their support, and the passion of the fans. It was ridiculous.”

After a year in the Championship with the Crusaders, Toby moved onto Dewsbury Rams and got the chance to finally play alongside his brother.

“I’d played against Luke when he was at Halifax and to be honest it was a weird feeling. I think he got fed up of me bashing him,” he says. “Playing alongside him at Dewsbury for three years was awesome. There’s a special camaraderie playing alongside your brother on a rugby field.

“Glenn Morrison was coach and he was brilliant. He’d been a top class back rower and he taught me so much about my game. I’ve got so much to thank him for. It was no surprise to me that he recently got Jamaica to the next World Cup. Any club in the game would be lucky to have him as their coach.”

Last season the brothers reunited again, played for Rochdale Hornets, a season battling against adversity with a happy ending as the Hornets won their last two games to stay clear of relegation.

“It was a tough season,” Toby says. “Pay cuts at the start created an uncertainty and we had a small squad. But in the last eight weeks of the season we created a group that stuck together and we managed to save the season.

“It’s really hard to stay positive when you’re losing nearly every week. As a part-time player you have to make so many sacrifices from February to October, missing out on family occasions, holidays, days out with friends and so on. You work all day and travel and train or play three or four times a week plus weekends. It becomes the norm.

“But Luke and me have got it in our DNA that we don’t quit.”

The brothers work together in an innovative and successful food business in Golborne that specialises in delicious, ‘feel good’ healthy eating and which has a nationwide supply chain of meal preps sent next day delivery as well as tasty food for customers popping by. It’s called Heaven ‘N’ Health.

And in choosing Leigh Centurions for 2019 the brothers are convinced they’ve got the right ingredients for success.

Leigh Centurions head coach John Duffy said: “Toby’s a really good footballer and a great lad.

“He’s a big, hard running second row and always wanted the opportunity to play for Leigh Centurions.

“The way he speaks about Leigh and the journey he’s made to reach this point is emotional. He wants desperately to put that Leigh jersey on, play alongside his brother once again and progress his career.

“Toby has maybe been in the shadow of Luke, who’s played over 100 Super League games. But he’s a great player in his own right and has shown that by the way he’s matured these past few seasons in the Championship.

“It’s so refreshing to come across lads like Toby and Luke who desperately want to play for their home town club and have such a passion for Leigh Centurions.

“They want to do well for themselves, their families and for all the Leigh fans and they sum up what we are trying to achieve this coming season.”

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