LEIGH Centurions are to contunue their dual-registration partnership with Super League champions St Helens into a fourth season.

The dual-registration partnership, which began in 2019, means that Saints players can gain experience playing Championship rugby, whilst also giving players from Leigh the opportunity to gain game time in our Saints Reserves side.

The relationship between Saints and Leigh has already seen the two face off in Alex Walmsley’s Testimonial of which two Saints – Tom Nisbet and Aaron Smith – both featured whilst on loan at the Centurions.

Josh Simm and Matty Foster spent spells at Leigh over the past year.

Leigh Centurions Head of Rugby Chris Chester said: “We are delighted that our partnership with Saints is going to continue.

“The two clubs have a great relationship and the partnership is clearly of mutual benefit for both teams. We are looking forward to working with them again in 2022.”

Saints Chief Executive Mike Rush is delighted to continue the partnership.

“I think the dual-registration between the two clubs has worked really well over the past few years, so we were happy to continue the partnership again into the 2022 season.

“It’s a great opportunity for some of our younger players to get some first team action in the Championship with a good, competitive side, which can only build their experience and hunger to play first team rugby.

“At the same time, it’s a great chance for some of the boys from Leigh get some playing time in our Reserves side which will clearly benefit both clubs,” he said.