BEN Reynolds can light up the Betfred Championship this season according to Leigh Centurions head coach John Duffy.

Reynolds, who celebrated his 26th birthday last month, scored a try and kicked six goals from six attempts in Centurions’ 36-10 opening night win at Dewsbury.

“Ben is looking in the best shape I have seen him,” says Duffy ahead of Saturday’s visit of Sheffield Eagles to Leigh Sports Village (kick-off 3pm).

“He had a really good off season and shed some weight. He really wants it his season

“When he is on his game, Ben is one of the best around,” said Duffy of the former Castleford and Wakefield half back.

Reynolds’ 100 percent success rate against the Rams from the tee was all the more commendable because of atrocious weather conditions.

“His kicking was unbelievable in that wind, especially the ones in the first half,” said Duffy. “It was brilliant to watch.”

“Josh Woods also went well. We have got four unbelievable halves now and there is competition everywhere.”

Jarrod Sammut could come into contention for the visit of Mark Aston’s Eagles after missing the trip to Dewsbury through illness.

New boy Lewis Bienek, who played 75 minutes for Hull reserves last weekend, and Mark Ioane will also be available for selection

But Jordan Thompson (ankle) and Junior Sa’u (concussion) are doubtful.

“The virus is still knocking about the squad so we are keeping lads away if they have got it for the good of the team,” added Duffy.

Eagles, holders of the AB Sundecks Cup, went down 18-17 at Halifax in their opening game.

“Watching the game, they looked aggressive and were unlucky to lose out in the last few minutes.

“They are a real, tough, gritty squad. They will come here full of confidence and will have Anthony Thackeray back from his ban.

“He carved us up on our pitch last season,” added Duffy. “So, we have got to make sure we do our detail right and go in with a good game plan.

“Judging by the opening weekend, It is going to be a tough, old year. A lot of teams are going for it this year on the evidence of their personnel.

“It will be a roller coaster of a season and we have got to stick together.”

Leigh supporters contributed a large proportion of Dewsbury’s crowd of 1,723.

“The fans were brilliant but we can’t wait to get home.”