Leigh Struggle To Stay Afloat

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4 October 2018

Leigh Centurions are struggling to stay afloat, let alone remain competitive as cost cutting has led to the chaos of player exodus, unpaid salaries and an injury-ravaged squad unable to field a full side.

Total RL have reported that half a dozen of their first-team squad were not paid their salaries in September, a report that Leigh have now clarified by issuing a lengthy statement outlining their financial situation.

The future of the Championship club has been uncertain since owner Derek Beaumont outlined his intentions to step away when a return to Super League was no longer possible.

On Sunday, Leigh fielded just 13 players in their defeat to Dewsbury Rams, with the club stating earlier this week that they had just nine players available for this weekend’s Shield clash against Featherstone Rovers. Wigan, St Helens and Castleford have loaned seven academy players between them after a special dispensation on transfer rules from the RFL.  

Excerpts from the Leigh statement:

“The board can confirm that it is continuing to restructure the club in order to ensure that it can be sustainable for future seasons. To date, no investors have expressed an interest in the club and therefore the board continue to attempt to reduce its liabilities to protect its future

“As part of the restructure, the board had offered current players and staff a deal in an attempt to ensure that all players and staff could be paid from available funds, explaining that the players/staff

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