Leigh add Toulouse forward Bell

Leigh Centurions have announced the signing of Kiwi loose forward James Bell for the 2021 season.

The 26-year-old has played in the Championship with Toulouse Olympique since 2019 having begun his professional career with New Zealand Warriors. He has also represented Scotland at international level five times.

Bell revealed it was relationship with Leigh Centurions Head Coach which was a deciding factor in making the move to the LSV.

He said: “I know several of the Leigh squad already including Ben Hellewell and Junio Sa’u and knowing some of the boys will certainly help me fit in.

I’ve never played at Leigh Sports Village before but everybody I’ve spoken to tell me it’s a top class facility and I can’t wait to get over there.”

Centurions Head Coach John Duffy added: “James is a quality player and a quality person.

“He is a very humble man and totally dedicated to his goal of playing in Super League. I loved watching him during the World Cup – he’s a loose forward with great ball-playing ability.

“I’m very excited to have him at Leigh – he’s a player I’ve tried to sign before. He’s got great pass selection and gets through a lot of work, sometimes un-noticed. This is a sensational signing for us.”

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