Ben Flower waits to discover Leigh Centurions' Super League fate

Ben Flower is hoping his Super League dream is kept alive today.
Ben Flower left Wigan after nine years. Picture: SWPixBen Flower left Wigan after nine years. Picture: SWPix
Ben Flower left Wigan after nine years. Picture: SWPix

The prop has signed for Leigh for 2021 after leaving Wigan at the end of the season.

And the ambitious Centurions will discover at midday whether their bid to become the 12th club in the top-flight has been successful or not.

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There have also been applications from five other Championship clubs – Bradford Bulls, Featherstone Rovers, London Broncos, Toulouse Olympique and York City Knights – all bidding to replace Toronto Wolfpack in Super League.

Flower, 33, is obviously keeping his fingers crossed Leigh get the nod.

He said: “Hopefully we get it because I’d still be in Super League. I still think I can do a good job at that level and if you look at the squad Leigh have recruited, I think we’d do well if we did get the chance.

“Credit to (owner) Derek Beaumont and (coach) John Duffy, they’ve shown what they’re about with the recruitment they’ve made, they want to be in Super League and it’s great to be a part of that plan.”

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Ironically, Flower signed for Leigh after initially agreeing a two-year deal with the Wolfpack, who were expelled from Super League following their decision to withdraw when last season resumed.

He had hoped to extend his nine-year stay with Wigan – during which time he won seven trophies – but leaves with many fond memories.

The Welshman, denied a Grand Final farewell by a hamstring injury, added: “Obviously it’s disappointing to be going, I would have loved to have stayed and got that testimonial, I felt I was playing well but it wasn’t there.

“To win seven trophies with Wigan including the World Club Challenge, not many lads get to do that, especially born and raised Welshmen. It’s been unbelievable.

“I’ve loved my time at Wigan, I made some great mates and the fans were amazing with me, and now I’m excited about the next chapter.”