Leigh head coach John Duffy believes his side may not be ready for an immediate Super League return.
Duffy was speaking following his teams’ 36-22 victory over Widnes Vikings at the Summer Bash in Blackpool.
When asked about a possible return to the top tier, the Leigh boss said: “I think we’re a bit off that. Our performance certainly gives us encouragement to be where we want to be, and that’s to be within a shout at the end because anything can happen as we know.”
Leigh are currently fourth in the Championship table and are level on points with third-placed Sheffield Eagles.
According to Duffy, the main focus for the Centurions is to give themselves the best chance of making the top five.
He said: “There’s a long way yet and the league will keep changing. But we have got to make sure that we give ourselves the best shout of being in that top five come the end.”
Next up for Centurions is a tricky away clash with second-placed Toulouse Olympique. Duffy is expecting a tough encounter saying: “They’re a different team when you go over there. They play quick and fast on that pitch so I’m hoping for some showers on Friday or Saturday to slow it down.
“They’re another Championship side with some great individual players. We’re going to do our homework and make sure we are prepared this week.”