St Helens legend Paul Sculthorpe hails side’s ‘outstanding’ recruitment: ‘Everything around the club is fantastic’

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St Helens legend Paul Sculthorpe has praised the recruitment of rising Super League club Leigh following their recent form.

Adrian Lam’s side are unbeaten in their last nine games in all competitions, and most recently secured their spot in the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup following a 34-14 victory over York at the LNER Community Stadium.

The Leopards sit third on the Super League table in their first year back following their promotion from Championship, claiming 10 wins from 15 so far to sit just two points behind table toppers Catalans and Daryl Powell’s Warrington.

Lachlan Lam has caught the attention of many following his stellar season so far, and has most recently been linked with a return to the NRL, although father and coach Adrian is confident of retaining the Papua New Guinea star.

The 25-year-old playmaker has produced 15 assists in Super League, the second most in the competition, while Josh Charnley has 18 tries to his name, equal top alongside Catalans winger Tom Johnstone.

Captain John Asiata has made the second most amount of carries in 2023 with 349, with Charnley also second in top metre makers.

2023 recruit Tom Briscoe has also crossed for eight tries, while Gareth O’Brien is enjoying a fine season with four tries and 12 assists.

Edwin Ipape, who was named as Man of Steel favourite ahead of the season kick-off, has also recently been backed to become one of the best nines in the world by his head coach.

Paul Sculthorpe hails Leigh’s ‘outstanding’ recruitment

Sculthorpe, 45, was a guest on the recent episode of Betfred’s The Last Tackle and praised Lam’s Leigh amid their recent run of form.

“Leigh’s recruitment has been outstanding,” he said.

“I think the whole Leopard concept has captured everyone’s imagination and he’s [Derek Beaumont] put Leigh in the spotlight.

“They’d look foolish if they hadn’t backed it up on the field. But they’ve backed it up on the field and off the field.

“The razzmatazz that they put on in the stadium, they’ve put money and thought into it, what more do you want?

“It starts and finishes with the team performances.

“Everything around the club is fantastic because the team are winning and performing.”

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