Super League the aim for Leigh’s local lad Luis Roberts

Luis Roberts

Leigh’s new signing Luis Roberts is ‘buzzing’ to play for his hometown club, and wants to help take the Centurions to Super League.

The 19-year-old has joined his boyhood club for the 2022 season from Swinton, who suffered relegation from the Championship last season.

Roberts, who played junior rugby for Leigh Miners Rangers, is proud to be playing for the club he grew up supporting.

He told Love Rugby League: “I am born and bred in Leigh. As soon as it got announced that I was a Leyther, that was it. Everyone in my family was buzzing.

“It’s been amazing this pre-season. Obviously we’ve got Adrian (Lam) as coach, he is very knowledgable and he has really helped me. He’s helping the squad for sure and I think this pre-season has gone very well.”

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Roberts came through the ranks at Super League side Salford. He made two first team appearances for the Red Devils before joining Swinton for 2021. The winger or centre scored 10 tries in 19 appearances for the Lions.

But now Roberts is at Leigh, his goals are clear. He wants to take his hometown club back into Super League.

He said: “My personal goal is to play as many games as I can, but be there to obviously try and help us get into Super League and just try to find a way to get into the squad.

“Obviously there is expectation there. We need to get back into Super League but I’ve took this challenge definitely not to scare me.

“I want to help Leigh get back into Super League and I think I’m definitely going to take it (my opportunity).”

Luis Roberts learning from the experienced Jy Hitchcox

Roberts, who has represented Wales at junior level, is looking forward to learning from experienced winger Jy Hitchcox this season.

He added: “Jy he is a well-known player. He’s played in the NRL, he helped get Toulouse in Super League and I just want to learn from him really. Hopefully he can teach me and help get us in Super League as well. He is a good laugh, Jy.

“There are very experienced players out there… People that are going to teach me and help me along the way of me just starting my career. They’re going to make me a better player.”

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About Drew Darbyshire 7885 Articles
Love Rugby League Deputy Editor. Joined the site ahead of the 2017 World Cup and been a full-time reporter since 2018.

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