Leigh don’t fear Leeds, says Brierley

Leigh half-back Ryan Brierley says the Centurions have no fear of facing competition favourites Leeds in the last eight of the Challenge Cup.

Both sides are currently top of their respective divisions and Brierley says that his team will be going to Headingley to win, rather than for a career experience.

“I don’t think we could have got a much tougher draw against the top of Super League away from home,” Brierley said.

“We’re under no illusions how tough that will be but in all seriousness we want to keep the dream alive.

“Our performances so far haven’t been a fluke, we’re all working hard for each other and we’ve got lots of determination.

“There’s no point us going to Headingley for an experience and as daft as it may sound to other people, we will go there to win the game.

“We respect Leeds because they’ve got some truly world-class players but we don’t fear them so we’ll go into the match with all guns blazing.”

Championship top try-scorer Brierley was recently subject to interest from Marwan Koukash’s Salford Red Devils

But despite openly admitting he has the ambition to play in Super League one day, the 22 year-old is more than happy starring for Paul Rowley’s side.

With the progress that the Centurions are making, Brierley believes a Super League spot is something he could achieve with his current club.

“I think in sport, if you’re happy then you’re much more likely to perform well and I’m loving my rugby right now,” he admitted.

“I’m lucky to have Paul Rowley as my coach and to play with these teammates because a lot of the time my job is to finish off their hard work.

“It was well documented that Salford were interested in me but the board but it to bed quickly which was really settling for me and my family.

“Everyone knows it’s my ambition to play Super League and possibly for Salford one day but nobody can question my commitment to Leigh.

“We’re making great strides on and off the pitch and everything is geared towards getting the club in Super League.

“Those who came to the game on Sunday will have seen our potential and I’m humble to be here at this very exciting time.”

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