5th November 2020, 13:54 | Leigh
Leigh Centurions have confirmed the signing of Scotland international forward James Bell ahead of the 2021 Betfred Championship season.
Bell has featured for Toulouse Olympique since joining the French club in 2019 from NRL side New Zealand Warriors. The 26-year-old has played for Scotland on five occasions, including in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.
Bell said: “I have built a really good relationship with John Duffy through my involvement with Scotland. I was so excited when he told me that there was a spot for me at Leigh Centurions. It’s lucky I stayed in touch with him.
“I know several of the Leigh squad already including Ben Hellewell and Junior Sa’u and knowing some of the boys will certainly help me fit in.
“I’ve never played at Leigh Sports Village before but everybody I’ve spoken to tells me it’s a top-class facility and I can’t wait to get over there.”
Leigh Centurions Head Coach, John Duffy, said: “James is a quality player and a quality person. He is a very humble man and totally dedicated to his goal of playing in Super League. I loved watching him during the World Cup – he’s a loose forward with great ball-playing ability.
“I’m very excited to have him at Leigh – he’s a plyer I’ve tried to sign before. He’s got great pass selection and gets through a lot of work, sometimes unnoticed. This is a sensational signing for us.”