Leigh sign Warrington prop Rob Butler on loan

Leigh have signed prop Rob Butler on a two-week loan from Warrington. 

The 23-year-old joined the Wolves ahead of this season from London Broncos and has made four appearances so far this season.

Butler represented the England Knights in their win over Jamaica in 2019 and made 40 appearances for London during his time with the capital club.

Leigh caretaker coach Kurt Haggerty said: “Rob is a good player who will bring energy and size to our pack. He’s someone I’ve been aware of for a number of years, and I’m pleased to get him to our club.

“Rob is really excited about coming to Leigh and wants to rip in, get some game time and prove what he can do.”

Leigh owner Derek Beaumont said: “I would like to thank Warrington and in particular Karl Fitzpatrick for their assistance with this.

“It’s been a difficult time for all clubs with the number of fixtures and the double-ups on the weekends which, compounded with the number of injuries in the game, has seen very little player movement.

“We have particularly struggled with ten injuries most weeks and having to play games without middles on the bench so this addition is really helpful to us and with others returning from injury will give Kurt competition for places.”

Warrington have also announced that Ellis Robson has extended his loan with Salford until the end of the 2021 season.

In other Leigh news, Ryan Brierley is struggling with his vision after suffering a nasty eye injury but is getting better each day, according to Haggerty.

READ: “His vision is extremely blurry” – Leigh coach provides update on Ryan Brierley’s horrific eye injury

The Centurions half-back suffered the eye injury in last Thursday’s 48-18 defeat at Leeds, and underwent surgery on it the following day.

Haggerty says Brierley is struggling with his vision at the moment but continues to get better as each day goes by, although no timeframe has been put on his return.

“They don’t look great the photos,” said Haggerty. “It is probably the first day I’ve seen Ryan with his eye slightly open today.

“He has been struggling with his vision. It is the first day today where his eye has been open a little bit but he is really struggling for him to see out of it. His vision is extremely blurry.

“It is a slice just on the inside of his eye so it is affecting his vision and the cut has made his eye swell over it so he is really struggling to see. We are not too sure on the timeframe of him being out yet.

“He has been around the place and he is getting better each day. We are just being very cautious with it and what he can do.”

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