Leigh snap up promising wingers for 2022

Drew Darbyshire
Tom Nisbet will join Leigh from St Helens on loan

Tom Nisbet will join Leigh from St Helens on loan

Leigh Centurions have signed young wingers Jayden Hatton and Tom Nisbet for the 2022 Championship season.

Hatton, 22, left hometown club Widnes at the end of the season to pursue full-time rugby. He has signed a one-year deal with the Centurions.

Nisbet, also 22, has joined Leigh on a season-long loan from Super League champions St Helens. He spent time on loan at Leigh last season and can also play full-back.

Leigh head of rugby Chris Chester said: “We are building a squad with a really good blend of good young players like Tom and Jayden who will greatly benefit working alongside the likes of Joe Wardle and Joel Tomkins and seeing what is expected of a top class professional.

“Tom was briefly at our club before and I’ve heard good things about him. He’s come up through a top class system at Saints and I’d like to again thank their CEO Mike Rush and head coach Kristian Woolf for their help and co-operation in making this move possible.

“Jayden also shows what we are trying to do with our recruitment. We are not just planning for next year but the years after that when we aim to be in the Super League. That both players see Leigh Centurions as the best club to further their careers is another positive indicator in what we are trying to do.

“Jayden wanted to back himself and play in a full-time environment and I see that as a very positive sign. He’s got confidence in himself and I’m looking forward to seeing him blossom in a Leigh Centurions jersey.”

Leigh Centurions re-sign Kiwi prop for Championship return

Mark Ioane in action for Leigh
Mark Ioane in action for Leigh

Leigh have given a new one-year deal to Kiwi prop Mark Ioane for their return to the Championship next season.

The Auckland-born forward joined the Centurions ahead of the 2020 season after making 100 appearances for London Broncos.

Ioane, a former Junior Kiwis representative, made 16 appearances for Leigh in Super League last season.

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