Leigh Centurions will upset some teams, says Craig Mullen

Ex-Warrior Craig Mullen believes Leigh are capable of springing a surprise in Super League next season.
Craig Mullen playing for WiganCraig Mullen playing for Wigan
Craig Mullen playing for Wigan

The Centurions were yesterday handed a place in the top-flight for 2021.

And Mullen said: “We’ll probably be the underdogs but we’ll take that in our stride and I think we’ll upset some teams.

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“We’ve got a lot of Super League and NRL experience, we have quality in the side as well as depth, and we may add to that.”

For Mullen, it will be a chance to return to Super League quicker than expected. Having played two two games for Wigan in 2018, he spent last season on loan at Leigh before joining permanently when his contract ended.

“My plan was to get some good game-time in the Championship and go up the conventional way at the end of 2021,” he said.

“But I believe I belong in Super League and I’m over the moon that I’ll be getting that opportunity with Leigh earlier than expected.”

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Mullen played twice for Leigh earlier this year before the Championship campaign was halted because of coronavirus.

He has spent time working numerous jobs as well as keeping himself fit, and can now start preparing for Leigh’s return to Super League.

Mullen’s favoured position is full-back but his two Super League games at Wigan came in other roles – wing and, to his surprise, hooker.

“I was only expecting to play 20 minutes to give Sam Powell a break," he added. "I ended up playing 65 minutes there! But we got the win so it was pretty good."