Leigh sign Scotland international James Bell

Leigh have signed Scotland international James Bell from Toulouse for the 2021 Championship season.

The 26-year-old began his professional career with NRL side New Zealand Warriors before joining French club Toulouse, where he made 19 appearances.

Bell was born and raised in New Zealand but represents Scotland via the family heritage rule. He has earned five caps for the Bravehearts so far, and starred for the nation in the 2017 World Cup.

Bell said: “I have built a really good relationship with John Duffy through my involvement with Scotland.

“I was so excited when he told me that there was a spot for me at Leigh Centurions. It’s lucky I stayed in touch with him!

“I know several of the Leigh squad already including Ben Hellewell and Junior Sa’u and knowing some of the boys will certainly help me fit in.

“I’ve never played at Leigh Sports Village before but everybody I’ve spoken to tell me it’s a top class facility and I can’t wait to get over there.”

Leigh coach John Duffy said: “James is a quality player and a quality person.

“He is a very humble man and totally dedicated to his goal of playing in Super League. I loved watching him during the World Cup – he’s a loose forward with great ball-playing ability.

“I’m very excited to have him at Leigh – he’s a player I’ve tried to sign before. He’s got great pass selection and gets through a lot of work, sometimes unnoticed. This is a sensational signing for us.”

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