Leigh Centurions are pleased to confirm the signing of Warrington Wolves forward Rob Butler on a two-week roll-on loan deal.
Formerly with London Broncos, Butler, 23, made his Wolves debut against the Centurions in Round 2 earlier this season, and impressed again in the more recent Betfred Super League meeting of the two sides.
Interim head coach Kurt Haggerty said: “Rob is a good player who will bring energy and size to our pack. He’s someone I’ve been aware of for a number of years, and I’m pleased to get him to our club.
“Rob is really excited about coming to Leigh and wants to rip in, get some game time and prove what he can do.”
Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont said: “I would like to thank Warrington and in particular (CEO) Karl Fitzpatrick for their assistance with this. It’s been a difficult time for all clubs with the number of fixtures and the double-ups on the weekends which, compounded with the number of injuries in the game, has seen very little player movement.
“We have particularly struggled with ten injuries most weeks and having to play games without middles on the bench so this addition is really helpful to us and with others returning from injury will give Kurt competition for places.”
Born in the Kent town of Rochester, Butler came up through the London Broncos academy system, making his first team debut in the 2017 season.
He was a member of the Broncos’ side that achieved a magnificent 4-2 victory over Toronto Wolfpack in Canada in the Million Pound Game at the end of the 2018 season, securing promotion to the top-flight.
At Leigh Sports Village he will be reunited with former Broncos’ teammates Mark Ioane, Ben Hellewell and Matty Gee, who all played in that game, as did Tom Spencer.
Butler, who now lives in Leigh, continued his career progression with some stand-out games in the Broncos’ pack during the 2019 season, making 24 appearances in all as the Broncos heroically just failed to maintain their Super League status despite achieving ten league wins.
He was rewarded with selection for the England Knights in their international against Jamaica at Leeds in October 2019, playing his part in a 38-6 victory and joined Warrington on a two-year contract last November.