KIERON Purtill has sent a heartfelt message to Leigh fans before the make-or-break final weekend of the regular Betfred Championship season.

“Anything you can cross, get it crossed,” says Purtill as everyone connected with Centurions prepares for 80 minutes of high anxiety at Leigh Sports Village on Sunday.

And the head coach’s message to his squad is equally simple: ‘If there’s to be an upset, make sure we’re not involved.’

Leigh must beat eighth placed Sheffield Eagles to stand any chance of tilting for a return to Super League.

Then Centurions are looking for favours elsewhere in order to break into the top four.

Otherwise, instead of the Middle 8s, it will be an unwanted end of season contest for the Championship Shield.

With champions Toronto hosting Featherstone and Toulouse welcoming Dewsbury on Saturday, the top four picture will become clearer by Sunday’s 3pm kick-off at LSV.

Then attention turns to London Broncos’ trip to Barrow and Halifax’s home date with Rochdale Hornets.

However, Purtill says: “We have just got to concentrate on winning our games and see what happens.

“All the other teams in top four are in strong positions to get the results they need.

“So, there is nothing we can do about that.

“We just have to concentrate on ourselves and hopefully finish off with a good performance and a win at home.

“It’s been a tough season,” he agreed.

“We didn’t get the season off to a great start.

“That’s not making excuses or blaming anyone we all take ownership for that.

“But when you have to rely on other results it’s not a good situation to be in.

“At the end of the season you just want to be in control of your own destiny and unfortunately we are not.

“Regardless of what is happening elsewhere, we just have to focus on being the best we can be, get the win and finish this block of league games in the right manner.”

Leigh’s best bet for a favour could come in Cumbria where Barrow Raiders entertain third placed Broncos. However, Purtill says: “It is a tough place to go and Barrow are scrapping away at the bottom.

“But it’s in London’s own hands.

“If I was a betting man I would put my money on London getting a win.”