Leigh Centurions have announced the signing of Welsh International Ben Flower from local rivals Wigan Warriors.
Flower has made 217 Betfred Super League appearances beginning with North Wales Crusaders before a nine-year spell with Wigan. The 33-year-old lifted the Betfred Super League trophy on three occasions with Wigan as well as the Coral Challenge Cup and the World Club Challenge.
Flower debuted for Wales back in 2008 against England and has since gone on to represent his country on 12 occasions including at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.
“When I toured the stadium and facilities at Leigh, I couldn’t believe it – the set-up is absolutely first class.
“I’m excited to be joining Leigh Centurions and helping the club achieve their ambitions. Obviously, the club is looking to get into Super League, and they’ve built a very exciting and capable squad.
“I have spoken to John Duffy a lot recently and I’m really impressed. He’s someone who builds a good relationship with his players and knows how to get the best out of them.
“A lot of people I know have sung his praises and I’m looking forward to training with a new bunch of lads.”
Leigh Head Coach, John Duffy, added: “Ben is a player who has been there and done it all. He comes from a top team and we will be looking to him to lead from the front.
“We are building a formidable squad and I can’t wait to start working with them. In the meetings I’ve had with Ben, it’s clear to me that he’s a leader and someone the other players can look up to and also learn from.
“He’s a real tough competitor, a no-nonsense player and an excellent addition to what is already a very strong squad full of Super League, NRL and international experience.”