LEIGH Centurions have announced that Tom Spencer has signed a three year deal with the club.

Prop forward Tom, 23, initially joined the Centurions on a one-year deal from Wigan Warriors last October after making a big impression at the Leigh Sports Village during two seasons as a dual registered player.

Spencer, who made seven Super League appearances for the Warriors, played his 50th game for the Centurions in last Sunday's victory over North Wales Crusaders. He played a key role in the Centurions winning the Northern Rail Cup last July, scoring a try in the 43-28 final victory over Sheffield Eagles at Halifax.

The former Wigan St Patrick's ARL junior and BARLA Under-19s international has now had his contract extended until the end of 2016 in line with those recently signed by the halfback pair of Ryan Brierley and Martyn Ridyard.

Centurions Head of Rugby Derek Beaumont said: "It is no secret that last year, when we started to assemble the squad we wanted Tom Spencer to be part of it.

"He played for us on dual registration last year and as far as we are concerned that has now gone and we are masters of our own destiny. We don't know who our opponents might field as dual registration players but we know who we are putting out on the field.

"We initially signed Tom on a one year deal and in his time with us he has been fully behind what we are doing at the club. Tom Spencer is the obvious person to be the next one to secure his long term future with Leigh Centurions. I am delighted that he has extended his contract for another two years."

Centurions Head Coach Paul Rowley added: "We are looking to bring down the average age of the squad and Tom is a player we wanted to secure. Although he was with us as a dual registration player from Wigan he bought into what we were about and was always regarded as one of us.

"He has been a consistent performer for Leigh Centurions for three years. We didn't want to waste time in signing him so I am delighted to have him on board. His commitment and passion in playing for the Club is obvious when he pulls on a Leigh jersey and he is just the sort of player we want here."