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We’ll only get stronger, says fans’ favourite
TOM Spencer is in no doubt that Leigh Centurions will be an even stronger force next year.
After two years guesting with Leigh from Wigan Warriors, the 22-year-old prop has now signed a one-year deal with Paul Rowley’s side.
The squad has been further strengthened over the past week by the return of centre Tom Armstrong from champions Sheffield Eagles and the capture of 22-year-old former Leigh Miners Rangers back rower Matthew Sarsfield from Swinton Lions.
Spencer, who received the fans’ player of the year award at Thursday’s presentation night, said: “It’s only going to add to what we’ve got.
“There are good players at the club already. We are a strong side with great team spirit.
“We are all willing to work hard and I’m sure all these signings are going to help us kick on from where we are at the minute.
“People are talking about the next season and are excited about it.”
Spencer was pleased to receive the award from the fans.
“I stick to what I do best,” he said.
“I don’t do anything special – I just get through as much work as I can.
“There was a lot of people that could have won it. Supporters pay the wages and it’s good to be on their good side!”
Spencer is happy to be on board with Leigh on permanent terms.
“With the league structure potentially changing, I, like a lot of players, am making decisions that could affect my career, basing our futures on no knowledge of what types of competition we’ll be playing in,” he said.
“Leigh are building and we’ve signed many good players and it’s at the stage where if things go to plan we could become full-time athletes.
“I think you have to be to go week in, week out in Super League.”
Other big winners on presentation night included Ryan Brierley (young player of the year), Stuart Littler (coaches’ player of the year) and Bob Beswick (players’ player of the year).
Spencer was not surprised by Beswick’s honour.
He said: “I can see why he’s been voted it, with how popular he is with the lads and the unquestionable, 100 per cent effort he gives not only every game but every training session.
“It’s for all that unseen stuff as well.”
Now Beswick will join Stuart Littler and Simon Finnigan in the Ireland squad for the Rugby League World Cup, although surprisingly, there is no place for Gregg McNally.
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