Purtill putting improvements in place at Leigh

Leigh assistant coach Keiron Purtill has already started to put his Super League experience to good use at his new club, putting a series of improvements in place.

Purtill has previously worked at St Helens and Huddersfield, and has 14 years of Super League coaching experience behind him.

“One of the first things when I came in was I noticed where the players hang around was a bit untidy and scruffy. That’s changed,” Purtill, the assistant to head coach Neil Jukes, told the Leigh Journal.

“The analysis department was probably 10 years behind Super League clubs. Now, we have a full-time analysis guy in Steve Mills who has come on board from Huddersfield.

“All of a sudden we all have lap tops and every training session gets filmed by a drone. So, we get really good footage of people on the field.

“As soon as we come off training it drops the footage off on our lap tops so we can look through.

“We have just introduced GPS as well and all these little one per centers give you a better chance of winning games in Super League. That’s probably why I have been brought to the club.”

Purtill wants to make sure that the club keeps its work levels high in the 2017 season, with the Centurions aiming for the top eight of Super League.

“We have said from day one we want to be the hardest working team which will help us reach our goal in Super League the following year,” he said.

“If we can get eighth spot that would be fantastic. But as long as we are in Super League the following year we are not bothered what happens.

“It’s a big step up next year and there is a lot of hard work to do. But everyone is buying into it.”

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