Steve Maden Takes Important Full Time Role With Centurions

Leigh Centurions are delighted to confirm that Ste Maden will take up a full-time position as the Club’s Player Welfare Officer on an initial two-year contract starting in late October.

The highly popular former player who made 210 appearances for the Club and also played for Warrington Wolves and Whitehaven, has previously been carrying out the role on a part-time, voluntary basis.

Leigh Centurions Owner Derek Beaumont said: “I am delighted to welcome Ste on board in a full-time capacity. He’s a cracking lad and a personal friend and has a great family and values.

“It is great to build the Club around people who have contributed so much. He is a distinguished former player who understands the game and the Club.

“He is passionate about the game and as a players’ man he understands the issues and potential pitfalls that players face, not only while they are playing but in planning for their futures for when the day comes that their career is over.

“Ste is well versed in forming a career outside of rugby as it is something he has done successfully himself and which he has kindly diverted from in order to take up this role. His role is very important and varied but one of the main objectives will be to assist our players to plan their futures outside of rugby.

“It is a great reward for Ste who has been performing the role successfully on a voluntary basis in what have proved at times to be very difficult and challenging circumstances.

“As part of getting into Super League it is important to grow the business incrementally and Ste’s appointment is another statement of our intent to be a competitive Super League side.”

Ste Maden said: “I feel like I’ve been through it all at Leigh, from days of despair to the success we have enjoyed this season and I’d like to give Derek massive thanks for bringing me back to care for the players on and off the field. I’d also especially like to thank Jukesy (Head Coach Neil Jukes) for his support and faith in me.

“It’s a massive role and a very important one and covers many different aspects. I was fortunate enough to be a full-time player for about four years out of my career, the rest part-time, and I understand how players can feel in limbo when their contract ends.

“The RFL has been very proactive in the area of player welfare and lots of players now have a plan and know what they are going to do when their playing career is over. I am comfortable being around players and in that environment and I can’t wait to get started.

“As Derek says, building an infrastructure on and off the field is vital as the Club progresses and looks to establish itself in Super League and it will be an honour to be part of that process.”

Josh Drinkwater Discusses His New Contract & Promotion To Super League

Scrum half Josh Drinkwater has said he “was ready to settle” after inking a new three year deal with the club last week.

The popular halfback, who jetted over from Wests Tigers in May, has become a key component in the Centurions charge to promotion, scoring eight tries and a goal since his debut during a 48-6 win against Swinton at Heywood Road.

Josh who chatted to Leigh Centurions TV was also pleased to earn the club a spot in Super League.

Josh said: “We’ve all been working pretty hard for it, so to finally tick that box with two weeks to go – it’s very good.”

Speaking of his deal Josh added: “It was a pretty long process to be honest. I’d agreed to the deal a little while back and I spoke to Derek after I’d agreed and said, look mate, I just want to wait a bit of time before we actually sign it; let my girlfriend come across and see if she likes the place – she’s going to live here as well. The club was really respectful.”

Like the rest of the squad Josh is looking forward to the weekend when a huge crowd is expected at Leigh Sports Village.

“It’s a great thing that Derek has done,” he said. “He’s opened the stadium up to the public and it’s only going to get the boys motivated. The more people here the better.”

The full interview is available on www.leighcenturions.tv priced at £5.99 per month or £60.00 for a year.

Leigh Centurions Vs Batley Bulldogs: Match Day Information

Super 8’s Qualifiers action returns to Leigh Sports Village for the final time this season, on Saturday 17th September, (3pm kick off). Leigh Centurions take on Batley Bulldogs in the Centurions’ penultimate game of the competition.

In a gesture of great generosity to the town, Centurions owner Derek Beaumont has decided not to charge an admission fee, in order to celebrate the club’s promotion to Super League, and to re-introduce the club to a larger audience.

At the time of writing, there is still limited availability for seating in the South Stand. The deadline to claim your tickets is 7pm on Friday. You can do this either by visiting the ticket office, or you can book online at www.leighsportsvillage.co.uk/tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

There will be a bucket collection on the day to raise money to assist in the upkeep of the new John Woods Statue which will be unveiled at 12:30pm on the day with the ceremony estimated to last twenty minutes.

The Centurions will be wearing the Special Team Isaac Summer Bash shirt for this fixture, and the proceeds from the profits of shirt sales of this special edition garment will be presented to Gareth Haggerty at half-time (on behalf of Team Isaac).

The Centurions will conclude the day with a “lap of honour” round the stadium, to thank the fans for their support.

SPONSORS
We would like to welcome our match day sponsors:

Main Match Sponsor – SAM Joinery,
Associate Sponsors – JD’s Diner, Slater & Gordon and Redwaters
Match Ball Sponsors – Cal Sameday and Bedford Packaging
Programme Sponsor – EWS Colourprint

COLLECTING TICKETS
Any supporters who have been advised to collect their tickets will be able to do so from any window at the LSV Ticket Office from 9am on the day of the game. Corporate ticket collections will take place from the Media College (situated to the left hand side of Main Reception).

TURNSTILES
As always, traffic congestion is expected around the stadium and supporters are advised to allow extra time in their journey. Turnstiles will open at 2pm, however, should you miss the kick off then there are ‘late gates’ situated in each stand which will be open until the end of the first half.

MERCHANDISE
The Kukri trailer will be present at the game from noon with Super League merchandise available including mugs, scarves, stickers and t-shirts and End Of Season Sale. All home and away replicas are now reduced including the elite players fit shirts which are now £45 a saving of £20.00.

There are plenty more amazing offers which include polo shirts reduced to £20, ladies vests reduced to £15, players retro jacket now £34.99 plus many other reduced items.

TRAVEL
Due to the bumper crowd expected the Club is urging those people who are able to walk to the stadium, to do so.

There is a limited amount of on-site parking available at Leigh Sports Village, all free of charge. Access to these car parks is via Sale Way, situated directly off A579 Atherleigh Way, with stewards on hand to direct cars where necessary.

There are numerous pay and display car parks situated in Leigh town centre, approximately 10-15 minutes’ walk from the stadium.

All approaches to the stadium and town centre, in particular A579 Atherleigh Way and A580 East Lancashire Road, are expected to be busy and supporters are advised to allow extra time for their journey.

For those traveling by public transport, Leigh bus station is situated in the town centre and is served with regular connections from Manchester, Bolton, Wigan, Warrington and St. Helens. The bus station is a 10 minute walk from the stadium, or alternatively the 597 bus service, operated by South Lancs Travel, runs directly from the bus station to the stadium.

CATERING & LEGENDS BAR
The Legends Bar (situated at the front of the Kingstone Press West Stand) will be open from 12.00pm, serving a range of soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. From around 1.30pm, compere Clive Render will be hosting the regular match day quiz. Due to a pre-arranged function, the Legends Bar will not be re-opening after the game.

There are also catering kiosks available in each stand which will be open from 2.00pm, serving a variety of hot and cold snacks along with hot beverages and both soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. Kiosks close 20 minutes after the start of the second half. Please remember that the Club benefits from kiosks sales.

Please note that no food and drink is to be brought into the stadium. If you any specific dietary or medical requirements please speak to a steward prior to entry.

RESPONSIBLE DRINKING AND ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR
Leigh Sports Village would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone attending this fixture. We are sure it will be a great occasion for all spectators to enjoy, while being respectful of the rules and regulations of the stadium and the RFL. We would therefore ask people who are drinking alcohol to do so responsibly and that everyone behaves in an appropriate manner, as we would not want to refuse anybody access to Leigh Sports Village or have to remove them from the stadium. Spectator information is available on the club and Leigh Sports Village websites.

Should you witness any anti-social behaviour during your visit to the stadium, please send a text message to 07432 473183 to confidentially report this incident to the stadium safety team.

SMOKING
We would like to kindly remind all supporters that, in line with government legislation, smoking is not permitted anywhere within Leigh Sports Village Stadium. This also includes the use of e-cigarettes.

We would also like to remind supporters that unfortunately there is no re-admittance to Leigh Sports Village Stadium, should any supporter wish to exit the stadium in order to smoke.

We appreciate the cooperation of all supporters regarding this matter.

SECURITY PROCEDURES
After obtaining advice from Greater Manchester Police in light of the terrorist attacks in Paris last year, please be aware that overt searches, such as bags and personal searches will take place to detect any prevent any prohibited articles from entering the stadium and to provide a visual deterrent.

This searching is conducted under the authority of the Leigh Sports Village Ground Regulations and will apply to staff, partners, visitors and spectators. Any refusal will cause the person not to be admitted into the stadium.

The following articles must not be brought within the ground: knives, fireworks, smoke canisters, air-horns, flares, weapons, dangerous or hazardous items, laser devices, bottles, glass vessels, cans, poles and any article that might be used as a weapon and/or compromise public safety. Any person in possession of such items will be refused

LCTV To Present The Tommy Sale MBE Memorial Trophy This Saturday

Leigh Centurions TV are delighted to present the Tommy Sale Memorial Leigh Centurions TV player of the year award for the first time. The trophy will be presented before a packed Banqueting Suite at the Leigh Sports Village following the Centurions’ final home game in the 2016 Super 8s Qualifying series.

LCTV’s Dave Parkinson takes up the story:

“When Tommy Sale MBE sadly left us at the start of the year, I thought it would be a nice gesture to remember the great man every week in announcing a man of the match during our coverage for the station and live commentary. Tommy was integral to my growing up with Leigh, a constant and it was the least I could do to remind people of everything he stood for and the legacy he left behind.

“I was delighted when I was approached a few weeks ago by the Sale family about the possibility of presenting our own Player of the Year award. I met with Tommy’s daughter Jean and we looked at various options before settling on this stunning trophy.”

Three players have been nominated – Dayne Weston, Reni Maitua and Greg Worthington.

Dave added: “All three earned their nominations on merit through the year. Reni for becoming one of the most popular players to ever pull on the jersey and scoring some crucial tries, Greg for his unwavering professionalism and dedication, not to mention brilliant form when he worked his way back into the team and Dayne for his consistency, leadership, great sporting nature and charity work for Ben’s Wish.”

The winner will be announced after the game against Batley Bulldogs on Saturday.

Neil Jukes Reflects On Gaining Promotion To Super League

“Absolutely incredible.” said Leigh Centurions boss Neil Jukes.

That summed up the mood around the club following the exciting win against Huddersfield on Saturday. That win confirms Leigh in one of the three automatic places in Super League next year without the need for a pressure cooker winner takes all play-off game.

While it would be easy to suggest that Leigh’s focus switch elsewhere, Jukes was keen to remain grounded.

“We’ve got to continue working hard in everything that we do.”

“It’s crazy isn’t it? Who’d have said that after five games we would not even need to go to a million pound game.”

Reflecting on a job well done, Neil praised his squad.

“I said to the guys that whether you’ve been here five minutes, five games or fifteen years it was about playing your best game in a Leigh Centurions shirt and from one to seventeen they did; then in the second half the momentum was always going to change but what we got in that second half was the gutsiest performance and that’s what it needed and to put forty plus points on Huddersfield by halftime was electric, absolutely electric. That won us the game.”

More reaction from Neil and his playing staff is available via the club’s online channel – www.leighcenturions.tv and you will be able to read more in this weekend’s edition of The Centurion, sure to be a piece of rugby league history following the excellent take up by the town to Derek Beaumont’s generous free entry offer for the game against Batley Bulldogs.

The deadline to claim your free tickets for Leigh Centurions Vs Batley Bulldogs is Friday at 7pm, subject to availability. You can claim your tickets in person at the ticket office or at www.leighsportsvillage.co.uk/tickets.

Leeds Game Re-Scheduled Due To Sky Sports Coverage

Leigh Centurions can confirm that their final game of the 2016 season  at Leeds Rhinos in the Super 8s Qualifiers Round 7 has been switched due to Sky Sports coverage.

Originally scheduled for Friday 23 September the game will now take place at Headingley Carnegie on Thursday 22 September with an 8pm kick off.

Please note the following important points in relation to this re-scheduling:

1. All tickets sold are still valid;

2. Supporters can buy tickets online, and in person at the ticket office at LSV during normal opening hours;

3. If supporters wish to claim a refund, they must return ticket by 1pm on game day (if bought on a card – bring card);

4. RFL are providing free coach travel so it’s free travel for Leigh Centurions fans;

5. To book on a coach, fans need to either go to the Market Stall or ring Gillian Jolley on 07561 862552.

6. Those that have purchased coach tickets will be reimbursed.