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30th October 2020, 11:04 | Leigh

Ryan Brierley returns to Leigh Centurions

Ryan Brierley returns to Leigh Centurions

Leigh Centurions have confirmed the re-signing of the club’s fourth all-time top try-scorer Ryan Brierley ahead of the 2021 Betfred Championship season.

Brierley originally joined Leigh on loan from Castleford Tigers back in 2011 before making the move permanent in 2013. The Scotland international racked up an impressive try-scoring record for the Centurions leading the club’s try-scoring charts for four successive seasons between 2012 and 2015.

While on loan at the Leigh Sports Village in 2019, Brierley overtook Des Drummond to become the club’s fourth all-time top try-scorer. 

Brierley said: “It’s a pleasure to be back. Leigh is the club that shaped me and it’s one of my biggest regrets that I wasn’t part of the team which achieved promotion to Super League. That’s a wrong I want to put right by helping them to win promotion.

“When I came back to Leigh on loan, I was mega impressed with the way John Duffy operates as a coach and technically, he’s the best coach I’ve ever worked with. I’m still only 28 and I feel I am still learning and have a lot I want to achieve in the game.

“There is a strong squad building at Leigh and I’m also close friends with Blake Wallace who is coming from Toronto so that was a massive pull for me. Matty [Gee] and Jamie [Ellis] are both really good lads and great players and I know they’re excited to be at Leigh for next year.”

Leigh Centurions Head Coach, John Duffy, said: “Ryan knows the club inside out and his strike rate for Leigh Centurions is exceptional. He can play in a variety of positions and though in the past he’s been known for his support play, I’ll be looking to give him additional responsibility on the field.

“Ryan is always keen to keep learning and even though he had opportunities to go elsewhere, he was desperate to return to Leigh.”