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New deals and tough clash with Whitehaven in store for Leigh Centurions
4:11pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in Sport
LEIGH Centurions go into Sunday’s home clash with Whitehaven on the back of two more players extending their time with the club.
Whitehaven come to Leigh Sports Village on Sunday, kick off 3pm, with a poor run of recent results behind them but Centurions coach Paul Rowley is wary.
“They have made some noises and some considerable investment to their team with the likes of Jamie Rooney.
“We had a tough game against them in the Northern Rail Cup and they’ve got a few players coming back to add to that squad as well.
“It will be another tough encounter and I’ve said this before, there are no shocks in this league.”
Centurions have continued building for next season with Tommy Goulden and Steve Maden signing new one-year deals.
Winger or centre Maden, whose second spell with the club goes back to 2008, recently passed 200 games for Leigh and back rower Goulden, who joined Leigh in 2010 after spells with Rochdale and Oldham, surpassed the century.
“Nobody really wants to leave here,” Rowley said of his squad.
“It’s a good environment. We’ve got respect for one another and we work hard.
“Maden and Goulden are two experienced players that bring a lot of qualities on and off the pitch.
“They both offer good physical presence and they are honest lads as well.
“They are respected by their peers and we certainly want them in our team – we don’t want to be playing against them!
“It was an easy decision for us and I think it was an easy decision for them also.”
Rowley highlighted a part Maden and Goulden can play in the team’s future too.
“We want to start bringing young players through,” said Rowley.
“Teams like to use the phrase ‘transition period’ – we don’t want one of those, we’d rather carry a bigger squad and have everyone fighting for their place.
“That’s the mixture of youth and experience. What Maden and Goulden offer our younger players is invaluable in terms of advice and leading by example.”
Football Director Derek Beaumont said both players had options to go elsewhere.
“Steve had other offers which were more attractive financially but he has shown loyalty to his home-town team and he deserves every success for that commitment,” he said.
“Likewise, Tommy also generated a lot of interest from opposing clubs but never doubted his future was to be anywhere else but Leigh Centurions. Both have goals to achieve this year at the club and I am glad they can now concentrate on achieving them safe in the knowledge they are part of our future.
“They are both consistent performers who never take any nonsense or a backward step with their 100 percent commitment and effort every time they pull on the Leigh jersey with pride."
Rowley has scotched rumours concerning goalkicking stand off Martyn Ridyard.
He said: “I’ve heard rumblings about him going elsewhere but he’s contracted next year and beyond so there are no dramas there.”