Josh Simm Makes History Upon Senior Debut At Summer Bash

Josh Simm carved out a little piece of history for himself when he made his senior debut in Leigh Centurions’ thrilling Betfred Championship Summer Bash victory over Widnes Vikings at Blackpool.

The teenaged centre, on dual registration from St Helens, became the first Leigh player to be born in the new Millennium.

Simm, who was born in February 2001, also became one the youngest players to represent the club in recent times.

The late Dick Breare is recognised as the youngest known debutant player to represent Leigh. Dick, who passed away in October 2014 aged 91 was aged 16 years 293 days when he made his Leigh first-team debut against Salford in October 1939.

In more recent times Jason Donohue made his Leigh debut on 12 March 1989 against Rochdale Hornets at Hilton Park, aged 16 years 328 days.

Fellow halfback Josh Ward made his debut in the Anglo-French Challenge against Avignon at LSV on 2 June 2012. At that time Ward was aged 16 years 351 days.

Leigh Centurions head coach John Duffy knows a thing or two about early debuts. He was aged 16 years and 262 days when handed his Warrington Wolves debut in Super League against London Broncos in March 1997.

“In that era quite a lot of players made their debuts as teenagers,” Duffy said. “It doesn’t happen as often these days.

“For me, looking back, it was probably a bad thing as I was thrown to the pigeons rather than drip-fed in. That was it, I never went back to the academy ranks.

“Josh, though, has been doing really well at academy level, where he’s a prolific try-scorer and was ready for the next step.

“He’s got a big frame and he’s very athletic and had a sureness about him and is dynamic in the way he trains.

“You could tell straight away he’d been well coached and has been through a good system. He came to training and was 30 minutes early and was very keen to get his clips and ask questions.

“In the warm-up on Sunday I just told him to go out and enjoy the start of what will hopefully be a massive career. I told him the noise level would be louder than at a Super League game and to soak up the atmosphere.

“When he comes to make his Saints debut he’ll be all the better for having had the experience of playing for Leigh Centurions.

“All the Saints lads that come to us really enjoy the environment at Leigh and the brilliant stadium and facilities. They then go back and make a difference as James Bentley showed scoring the late winning try against Salford on Friday.”

Josh Simm’s debut was closely followed by the directors and staff of Leisure Resorts, who sponsor all the Saints dual-registered players to play for Leigh Centurions in 2019.

Leisure Resorts also sponsor the top back of both the home and away shirts and the company owner, Gary Molloy and Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont have a strong business relationship.

Anyone interested in learning more about holiday home ownership or rentals with Leisure Resorts can do so by visiting their website (www.leisureresorts.co.uk) or visiting any of their parks.

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