26 – Lee Smith

Player Sponsor:  smiths_bistro
Position: Utility
Born: 8th August 1986
Debut: 2016
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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.