Leigh Centurions have confirmed the return of the Club’s fourth all-time try scorer Ryan Brierley from Hull KR for the 2021 Championship campaign.
A Scotland International, Brierley first played for Leigh Centurions in 2011 while on loan from Castleford Tigers.
He made the move permanent in 2013 and went on to enjoy a prolific spell with the Club and boasted a remarkable try scoring record. Brierley became the first player in Leigh history to top the club’s try charts in four successive seasons (2012-15).
While on loan at Leigh in 2019, Brierley overtook legendary winger Des Drummond (141 tries) in the top five try scorer list behind Mick Martyn (189), John Woods (152) and Bill Kindon (149).
Brierley said he was very happy to be coming back to Leigh on a permanent basis.
He explained: “It’s a pleasure to be back. Leigh is the club that shaped me and it’s one of my biggest regrets that I wasn’t part of the team which achieved promotion to Super League. That’s a wrong I want to put right by helping them to win promotion.
“There was a big pull for me to come back to Leigh and I wanted it to happen when I was there on loan in 2019. The timing wasn’t right then but now it is and I can’t wait to come back.”
Leigh Head Coach John Duffy said Brierley would be a real asset for the Club in 2021.
He said: “Ryan knows the Club inside out and his strike rate for Leigh Centurions is exceptional.
“He can play in a variety of positions and though in the past he’s been known for his support play, I’ll be looking to give him additional responsibility on the field.
“Ryan is always keen to keep learning and even though he had opportunities to go elsewhere, he was desperate to return to Leigh.”