Leigh Centurions are delighted to confirm the signing of the vastly experienced prop forward Alex Gerrard for the 2020 season.

Gerrard, 28, arrives at Leigh Centurions from the Mackay Cutters Club in Australia but is best known for playing more than 110 times for Widnes Vikings between 2010 and 2018.

Leigh Centurions Head Coach John Duffy said: “I actually know Alex from when I played at Widnes when he was coming through the Academy as a young lad. He has played so many games in Super League but decided to move to Australia and played in the Queensland Cup.

“He was offered the chance to trial in pre-season with the Gold Coast Titans. But he’s missing home and wants to come back.

“Alex actually trained with us last pre-season and got some fitness before heading for Australia. He’s a Lowton lad and he’ll enjoy getting out there in a Leigh shirt being local.

“He’s a steady head, a strong lad and has got some skill too. I think he’ll give us a lot of composure in the middle.”

Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont said: “I would like to thank Dave Peet for his assistance with this.

“When a player wants to return home it’s in everyone’s best interests for it to happen but it is always far from straightforward.

“When John Duffy approached me about Alex having been approached by him it was clear that the services of an agent would be necessary to make it happen and in time for him to be able to put himself in the mix for the pre-season warm-up match against Wigan Warriors.

“Dave kindly got straight onto it and within 24 hours had everything in place despite the difficulty of different time zones. I would like to thank him for his professionalism and dedication to making this happen and I would also like to thank Paul Stephenson of the Tweed Head Seagulls for working closely with Dave to enable him to complete the process within our time constraints.”

Alex Gerrard will be proudly sponsored in 2020 by Struktura Engineering Services.

Director Karl Hill said he was delighted the company were able to sponsor another player for the 2020 Betfred Championship season, having already committed to be Vice Captain Ben Reynolds’ sponsor.

He said: “Struktura Engineering Services enjoy a great relationship with Leigh Centurions and I am delighted that we’ve been able to sponsor Alex Gerrard as well as Ben Reynolds. I’d like to wish John Duffy and his players the best of luck for what I’m sure will be a very exciting season.”

Struktura was established in 2014 by an experienced team of professionals who wanted to achieve exceptional customer satisfaction while providing a high quality, cost effective and professional service. They pride themselves on offering a range of services for the construction industry. Struktura are a national company with a regional cost base – while they continually invest, nourish and continue to grow the business they hope their continuing sponsorships with Leigh Centurions helps them achieve this.

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