Leigh Centurions have today confirmed their acquisition of former NRL threequarter Brendan Elliot on a deal until the end of 2018.
Despite their current position outside the top four in the Betfred Championship, the Centurions are clearly planning on the belief that they will reach that level in their remaining competition games and, as such, are keen to strengthen their playing ranks for another campaign in The Qualifiers.
Club owner Derek Beaumont praised Leigh’s head of rugby Keiron Cunningham following the signing of 24-year-old Elliot, a man with 19 tries in 39 NRL appearances for Sydney Roosters, Newcastle and Gold Coast Titans. Furthermore, Beaumont revealed that their transfer dealings aren’t done just yet for the remainder of the season. “There will also be a further announcement of another overseas player this week which will complete our recruitment for the season, and I believe with everyone fit and free from suspensions, we will have the quality to be serious contenders in the Qualifiers should we make them,” he explained.
With three fixtures remaining before the leagues split, Leigh sit two points behind fourth placed Featherstone and, on paper, have three highly winnable games to close out their season. With just three points separating the Centurions in sixth and Toulouse in second, Beaumont confessed his belief that top four spots could be earned by the finest of margins. “The last two games at the Sports Village [the club have two home matches remaining] will be massive for us as it looks like it could all come down to points difference, so it would be great for the lads if we could get a big crowd behind us for both of those games to really lift them,” he shared.