Six Leigh players to watch in Super League next season

We’ve picked out six players to watch for Leigh’s return to Super League in 2021.

Leigh have won the race for Super League’s 12th spot for next season, with the Centurions beating London, York, Toulouse, Bradford and Featherstone to the top flight’s vacant position that was left by Toronto, who failed to gain re-admission into Super League.

Love Rugby League has picked out six players who will be key for Leigh in Super League…

Liam Hood

The Scotland international has been a standout player in the Championship for a number of years now – and will get another shot at Super League in 2021. Hood is an excellent hooker who loves to put in a big tackle as well as a quick play-the-ball. He has made more than 80 appearances for the Leythers and is a fan’s favourite.

James Bell

The Scotland international is a very good recruit for the Centurions. Bell, who has earned five caps for the Bravehearts, made 21 appearances in the NRL for New Zealand Warriors and Wests Tigers before making the switch to Toulouse in 2019. He is a hard working loose forward who is a tackling machine.

Ben Flower

The 16-time Wales international will move across the borough to Leigh from Wigan for 2021. Flower has made more than 200 appearances in Super League for Crusaders and Wigan, and will add plenty of experience to Leigh’s pack. The 33-year-old is a powerful prop with strong leg drive.

Jordan Thompson

The 29-year-old back-rower or loose forward is another player with bags of experience in the top flight, more than 200 appearances for Castleford, Leeds and Hull. Thompson is currently in his second spell with the Centurions and he runs a good line in attack as well as being a consistent performer.

Joe Mellor

The 29-year-old has linked up with the Centurions after leaving Toronto Wolfpack. He has a wealth of Super League experience having made more than 150 for Widnes between 2013-18. The playmaker will direct John Duffy’s side around the field from the halves.

Junior Sa’u

The former New Zealand and Samoa international was one of the best centres in Super League during his time with Salford between 2014-19. Sa’u has become a fan’s favourite since joining Leigh in 2019, playing 12 games for the club to date. He is an explosive centre who is a constant threat for opposition defences.

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  1. All products of the Leigh “player development scheme” , you know one of the criteria that people,accused Toronto of failing, a club financially supported by 1 person, accused Toronto of failing, with low attendance, Toronto had higher, Leigh take central funding and have over the years, Toronto didn’t take a penny.
    But this is parochial SL/RL.
    Survive and buy players, and hope the tv deal is worth it.
    The SL/RFL should know and make efforts to make it happen.
    Parochialism is the reason why it will NEVER happen until the game is run independently of the clubs.

  2. Had Toronto been admitted having failed to complete their season and leaving debts unpaid they would have suffered a points deduction. If they win the championship, they will again be promoted without points deducted. Toronto may have more home fans than some of the others seeking promotion but they have few fans who travel to away matches.

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