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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 April, 2005, 07:42 GMT 08:42 UK
Fans' corner - Leigh Centurions

Leigh fan

With Super League X taking shape, BBC Sport is linking up with fans from every club to find out how they rate their team's chances this season.

Following on from earlier chats with Leeds and Wigan supporters, now we're turning our attention to Super League newcomers Leigh and their fan Steve Rothwell.

Steve, who has supported the club for more than 45 years, rates Leigh legend John Woods as his all-time favourite, while Neil Turley is his top current player.

What are your expectations for 2005?

We've got one win and are playing a little bit better, but I only expect us to end up with four or five wins, which means we will go down unfortunately.

With a bit of luck we could have three wins by now. We were the better team against Widnes and were unlucky against Warrington. I don't feel like we're totally out of our depth.

Can newly-promoted clubs survive in Super League?

The structure of the season really does work against clubs coming up from the National League.

You win the Grand Final in October and four months later you're expected to be competing at Super League level.

Salford and Huddersfield went up that way, but the difference is that they were able to keep full-time squads in the National League because of parachute payments.

A lot of the best players have been signed up by then, so the cards really are stacked against you from the start.

How do you rate the club's signings?

Some of our signings have been very good. They've addressed the fundamental problem of a difference in power when you step up to the Super League.

But we are lacking a bit of class in the backs and the big signing, Jason Ferris, just hasn't worked out.

One thing I would criticise, though, is signing players with injuries. The likes of Chris Percival, Danny Halliwell and Darren Fleary were all carrying injuries when we signed them, and you can't do that.

Who would you like to sign?

In an ideal world, I'd love to bring Andy Farrell back from union but, more realistically, someone like Willie Peters would be a good signing for us.

And I'd love to have the Tommy Martyn of four or five years ago. His experience and passing ability would have been perfect for us and given us that cutting edge we're lacking.

Who would you like to get rid of?

There's no-one there I'd really like to lose. All you can ask is that they give their best, and I think they are all doing that.

What do you think of your coach?

Darren Abram is very much a coach for the future. He's done a good job to get us up but where I think we've been lacking is in our knowledge of the Australian market.

The likes of Tony Rea or Frank Endacott obviously have connections Down Under, which means they can make quality signings. I think some of our signings have been guesses.

What's the best game you've seen?

There's been a lot, but it's hard to top the Challenge Cup final in 1971, when we beat Leeds 24-7.

And the worst?

I've been disappointed that many times I can't pick one out!

What is the atmosphere like at home matches?

The atmosphere is always very good at home games, although the numbers aren't what they should be. But those who do come are very vociferous!

What makes you proud of your club?

When I was about four-years-old my dad took me along, told me to shout for the team in red, and that's what I've been doing ever since.

Links to more Leigh stories


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