Josh Drinkwater set to join Wests Magpies

Drew Darbyshire

Former Leigh Centurions half-back Josh Drinkwater is set to sign for NSW Cup club Wests Magpies.

The 25-year-old has reportedly been training with the Western Suburbs Magpies for a couple of weeks now.

And well-respected and highly reliable Australian journalist, The Mole, revealed on Twitter earlier today that Drinkwater is on the verge of joining the Intrust Super Premiership NSW side.

The Magpies are a feeder club for NRL outfit Wests Tigers and provide a pathway for juniors from the Macathur area to eventually, if they are good enough, join Wests one day.

Drinkwater made four appearances for St George Illawarra Dragons in 2013 before making the move to then Super League side London Broncos, where he scored five tries and kicked 58 goals in 26 games.

The half-back then moved back to the NRL with the Tigers, but found chances limited, playing just one NRL game in 2015.

He moved to Championship side Leigh in 2016 and spent two seasons at the club, scoring 12 tries and kicking 29 goals in 43 appearances.

In 2016, he signed a new deal with the Centurions that would see him stay until the end of the 2019 season but because they lost in the Million Pound Game and were relegated from Super League, his contract was deemed null and Leigh didn’t renew his contract.

Drinkwater is expected to sign for the Magpies within the next week.