JORDAN Thompson has re-joined Leigh from Hull FC.

Thompson made a big impression last season at Leigh Sports Village before moving to Leeds Rhinos towards the end of the campaign and subsequently re-joining his former club Hull FC for the current season.

Centurions head coach John Duffy said: “Jordan’s a player I’ve admired for a while and he was Leigh’s stand-out player last year by a country mile.

“I like the way he goes about his business and by all accounts he’s a great lad as well. I’ve been trying to get him on loan for a while but thanks to Derek and everyone at Hull FC we have now secured Jordan on a permanent contract.

“From speaking to Jordan he’s passionate about Leigh Centurions and he’d have loved to have stayed last year but for things going pear-shaped which meant he had to move on.

“This season’s probably been a bit frustrating for him as he’s not had the game-time he’s used to and needs. He’s not a young kid anymore and he needs to be playing every week to be at his best.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting him and working with him.”

Thompson said: “I’m really happy to be coming back to Leigh. I feel like a pig in the proverbial to be honest.

“I’d no intention of moving on but circumstances dictated that I did.

“I really enjoyed my time at Leigh, the players and staff were awesome and the fans were brilliant.

“I loved being really involved every week and there was always a good atmosphere about the place.

“I enjoyed my short time at Leeds and can’t speak too highly of the club. I got an insight into why they’ve been so successful over a large number of years.

Going back to Hull gave me the chance to re-join my old club but with the team doing well this year I haven’t had the games I’d have liked.

“Coming back to Leigh I feel I’ve got unfinished business and I’m joining a club in good stead. They’re doing well in the league and there’s the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup to look forward to. I just want to add something to the squad and the team and succeed. I’ve heard a lot of good things about John Duffy and I can’t wait to get started.”

Thompson, 27, was a regular in the Hull FC side in each of the four seasons prior to joining Leigh for the 2018 campaign after initially making his mark at Castleford Tigers.

A product of the Normanton Knights community club, Thompson made his Cas first team debut in 2009 and went on to score 27 tries in 77 games for the Tigers and made a further five appearances on loan for York City Knights, switching successfully from the three-quarter line to the forwards.

Thompson made 26 consecutive appearances for Leigh and played a further six games for Leeds in 2018. He scored 13 tries in 116 games for Hull FC. With a career record of 42 tries in 230 games, he has earned a fine reputation as a talented, versatile and consistent player at the top level.