Leigh Centurions are delighted to confirm the signing of the vastly experienced NRL and former State of Origin hooker Nathan Peats.

Peats, 30, has played over 160 NRL games over the past decade and played for New South Wales in all three State of Origin games during the 2017 season.

Leigh Centurions head coach John Duffy said: “Nathan is a recent State of Origin player who brings a wealth of experience and he’s looking forward to joining our club and getting stuck in.

“He will augment the very good squad that we have put together and he will add his own qualities to the group.”

The son of Geordi, a former Canterbury and South Sydney hooker, Peats came up through the juniors at South Sydney, making his NRL debut for the Rabbitohs in a 32-30 win over Manly in April 2011.

He soon became a regular, making 57 appearances over three seasons before joining Parramatta, where he played alongside former Leigh players Fuifui Moimoi and Willie Tonga.

Forced to leave Parramatta after salary cap issues, he joined Gold Coast during the 2016 season, playing alongside 2019 Leigh favourite Luke Douglas and recent signing Nathaniel Peteru.

He played 70 games for the Titans, taking his NRL tally to an impressive 163 games (16 tries) and over his career he has also represented the Indigenous All Stars and NSW City.

Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont said: “Nathan is a solid player proven at the highest level and is testament to our commitment to add quality players to our squad.

“It’s important that we are patient and bring not only the right players but the right people. Duffs, his backroom team and the lads have come together to form a great group with a real passion to seize this opportunity presented to us in the Betfred Super League. That was clear to see with the attitude and the performance at St Helens.

“I believe we have a quality squad and the lads have demonstrated that but in the Betfred Super League you really do need depth in numbers and quality. We have seen how easy it is to lose players in preseason training let alone warm-up games.

“The games come thick and fast and backing them up is the toughest part especially when there are three short turnaround weekends seeing us travel in five of the six of them. Two hookers over that layout of the season is too demanding on them and would expose them unfairly to risks and with injuries an unknown quantity we need to have cover across every spot as well as competition.

“My job is to make Duffs’ job harder picking his team. While we are really happy with all the players in their positions we will continually look to add depth and quality to the squad to be the best we can be and drives standards even higher which helps the whole group achieve their goals.”

  • See Nathan’s first interview as a Leigh Centurions player on our Facebook page from 1.30pm.
  • Nathan Peats is available to sponsor. Please contact: katy@leighrl.co.uk for details.