Leigh pull out of Doncaster friendly

Leigh have had to cancel their upcoming friendly against Doncaster.

They were due to play the League 1 outfit at the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday January 14 but the game will now not be going ahead, with the Dons actively seeking alternative opponents.

Dons Chief Executive Carl Hall said: “We are obviously disappointed to lose this game, which would have been a really good test for our lads and a good match for the fans, but understand Leigh have some injuries and cannot send a side as a result of this.

“I have a good relationship with Leigh owner Derek Beaumont and am sure he is as gutted as I am at this, but am sure we can sort something out for next pre-season – at which point they could well be a Super League side again.

“We would still like a game that weekend to help get our boys into shape for the new season, so would welcome anyone who would like to step in to give me a shout and we can sort something out.”

Centurions owner Derek Beaumont added: “I am obviously gutted to let Carl and his Doncaster club and fans down and also to our fans that were looking forward to the game.

“When we got relegated I assured Carl we would still proceed with the game on the terms required of Super League clubs and that was always my intention.

“However, I must always act in the very best interests of the Club and I have invested in bringing top quality people to the backroom staff in Bubble, Ads and Kez and it would be naive of me to not listen to their advice and put my own principles ahead of what is in the squad’s best interests.

“I would like to thank Carl for his understanding of this situation. I know it has greatly disappointed him, but he is a genuine quality guy and knows through our relationship that this has been difficult for me to do. It is yet another position that outlines the need for us to build a strong academy and reserves.

“I can guarantee Carl and the Doncaster club and its supporters that irrespective of what division we find ourselves in next year they will be first on our list of friendlies.

“Furthermore, in view of the manner in which this has been understood and accepted, if we are able to assist at anytime in the season with loan players or opposed sessions then they have my word we will do so. I apologise to both sets of fans for the late cancellation and we will obviously refund our fans in full that have purchased a ticket.”

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