LEIGH play their final home Betfred Championship game for more than a month when they host Bradford Bulls on Sunday.

But head coach John Duffy says the impending road trips won’t derail Centurions’ top five ambitions.

Leigh travel to Dewsbury, Sheffield, Featherstone and Barrow before returning to Leigh Sports Village to face Batley on July 21.

“It’s something we have prepared for and we knew it would be happening,” says Duffy

“It’s the price you pay for playing in an elite stadium with fantastic facilities that are the envy of every other club in the league.

“Pitch renovations are part of the continuing investment made in our facilities. And it’s something we’ll deal with and embrace,” added Duffy.

“The games are coming thick and fast and the intensity will rise as the season starts nearing its climax.”

Leigh are separated from their visitors by three places but only two points.

After losing in the Challenge Cup (to Halifax) and then with a youthful squad in the 1895 Cup at Barrow, John Kear’s side returns to winning ways against Batley last Sunday.

Jake Emmitt hopes to be back to face Bradford after a hamstring twinge in the captain’s run last weekend prevented him making his 100th Leigh appearance. Luke Adamson could also come into contention.

“Jake was gutted because it was am immediate target he set himself when he re-joined but hopefully he’ll be back in contention this weekend,” added Duffy.

*Leigh host Barrow for a place in the last four for the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup with negotiations taking place to find an alternative venue because of LSV’s unavailability.

A midweek date is expected to be confirmed for the fixture later this month due to Championship commitments.

The full draw is: Widnes v Dewsbury, York v Batley, Leigh v Barrow, Doncaster v Sheffield.

But new signing Liam Forsyth, who made his Leigh debut against Halifax, won’t feature in the competition for Centurions having previously played for Swinton against Dewsbury.

However, he’s relishing the chance to play under Duffy again having been under his charge when the pair were at Swinton.

“The Championship’s a really tough competition and I’ve every respect for all the players who dedicate so much to training and playing when they’ve got full-time jobs as well,” he said.

“Playing under ‘Duffs’ again was a big factor for me.”