KURT Haggerty is keen to take any positives from Leigh’s unexpected mid-season Super League break.

But Centurions’ interim head coach admits the current cloud of uncertainty over clubs fulfilling fixtures makes his job harder than it should be.

The postponement of Leigh’s home derby against Warrington on Thursday night sees Haggerty turn his attention to the scheduled visit of Castleford Tigers to Leigh Sports Village on July 29.

Centurions haven’t played since losing at Leeds on July 1. But while they are kicking their heels yet again, Challenge Cup runners-up Cas travel to leaders Catalans for a Saturday evening fixture.

“Every week we try to prepare for teams like we had done for Warrington,” said Haggerty. “But with Covid, players injured and others out on loan, it is so difficult.

“You never know what team you are going to face. It is difficult to guess so you just have to prepare mainly focusing on yourself rather than the opposition.”

With nine players ruled out for Covid-related reasons, Warrington asked for this week’s game to be postponed.

“It was no great surprise,” admitted Haggerty. “You hear whispers and we kind of had an idea.

“We had prepped for the game and were ready to go so it has been a bit disruptive. But it wasn’t the first game we have missed this season and I am sure it won’t be the last.

“I hope it (the season) finishes as planned. If not, I hope people take into consideration serious talks around relegation because it has got to be a fair playing field for teams at the bottom.

New dates for Warrington and Hull FC (away) have yet to be confirmed.

“It is not necessarily a bad thing,” said Haggerty of Leigh’s playing hiatus. “It means I have more time in training to get across my style of play and to fix a few things up.

“We can also do some team bonding so it does bring the group closer together.”

The latest week off improves the chances of injured props Adam Sidlow and Ben Flower playing against Castleford. Brendan Elliot is also back training after coming down with Covid.

Linked with NRL duo, Sam Stone and Nene Macdonald, Haggerty says the club is “in advanced talks” with unnamed targets.

“I don’t think anything has come to fruition yet but we are waiting for final documents and agreement,” he added.

However, Ryan Brierley’s eye injury, suffered in the closing stages of defeat at Headingley, is still a cause of concern.

“Ryan has seen a specialist and we are awaiting the results,” said Haggerty. “We are not sure how severe the injury is but it isn’t looking too positive.”

*Steve Hill has stepped down as a director but will continue to support the club through his company-Hilltop Products Ltd-the club’s principal sponsor. Hill was appointed in December 2018.