WELSH international Ben Flower has become Leigh’s newest recruit for the 2021 season.

On the day Centurions submitted their application to play in Super League next year, Flower’s move from Grand Final runners-up Wigan has now been confirmed.

The 33-year-old from Cardiff is a veteran of 217 Super League appearances and represented his country 12 times.

“When I toured the stadium and facilities at Leigh I couldn’t believe it – the set-up is absolutely first class,” said the former Crusaders pack star.

“Obviously, the club is looking to get into Super League and they’ve built a very exciting and capable squad.”

Flower knows a number of Leigh’s squad including ex Wigan trio: Iain Thornley, Matty Russell and Craig Mullen.

He’s also looking forward to working with head coach John Duffy.

“I have spoken to John a lot recently and I’m really impressed,” he said. “He’s someone who builds a good relationship with his players and knows how to get the best out of them.

“A lot of people I know have sung his praises and I’m looking forward to training with a new bunch of lads.”

Flower established himself as a first team regular after joining the Warriors in 2012.

He was a Challenge Cup and Super League Grand Final winner in 2013 alongside Thornley.

He was also member of the Wigan team defeated in the 2014 and 2015 Super League Grand Finals before tasting Old Trafford success again in both 2016 and 2018.

Injury ruled him out of last Friday’s epic contest against St Helens at the KCOM Stadium.

Duffy said of his latest recruit: “Ben is a player who has been there and done it all. He comes from a top team and we will be looking to him to lead from the front.

“We are building a formidable squad and I can’t wait to start working with them.

“In the meetings I’ve had with Ben, it’s clear to me that he’s a leader and someone the other players can look up to and also learn from.

“He’s a real tough competitor, a non-nonsense player and an excellent addition to what is already a very strong squad full of Super League, NRL and international experience.”