Leigh coach Paul Rowley is delighted that his club have signed Ben Jeffries, and believes that the 33-year-old Australian will add vital qualities to the team.
Rowley also confirmed that other clubs had been interested in securing the veteran halfback’s services.
“Ben is a very important acquisition for the club going forward,” said Rowley.
“This time last year with Liam Kay we had four bodies for three positions but since Liam has re-invented himself as a winger, it was important that we had cover and pressure the players holding down the three spots.
“We appreciate the players that we have got but we all learn from new ideas and Ben is highly respected at the clubs he has played for.
“Many other clubs were interested in him and Ben still has plenty of mileage left in him. He is a very fit and accomplished player and there are 101 positives with his signing.”
Jeffries has a decace of Super League experience behind him. He also played for St George-Illawarra Dragons and Wests Tigers in the NRL, before establishing himself with Bradford and Wakefield in England.
He has inked a two-year deal with Leigh, which runs from December 2014.
Leigh’s head of rugby, Derek Beaumont, was delighted to add more experience to the club’s squad for next season, and gave a strong hint that more players were on their way.
“I am pleased we have managed to secure Ben’s services ahead of some fierce competition from other clubs,” he said.
“Ben is an extremely experienced and capable player and it is important in every team to have that mix of experience with youth.
“We have a very low average age in our team and it is one that has been signed to stay together for a while.
“We have that experience in the forwards with Ollie (Wilkes), Penky (Sean Penkywicz) and Tommy (Goulden) and we now have that in the back line with Ben.
“It is important to have competition for places across the park and the pivots is an area we haven’t really had this season since Liam Kay established himself on the wing.
“Ben’s knowledge of the game and his skill sets will also be invaluable in bringing on some of our capable backs in our reserve grade to a higher level.
“I am really pleased Paul Rowley was able to convince him that Leigh was the best place to re-establish himself in the English game and I am really looking forward to him dominating in our division.
“Ben is the first of a few signings that we will be making to add to what we have got for next season as we raise our game to achieve the next step in our well planned pathway to Super League.”