Leigh owner Derek Beaumont insists he won't walk away from club
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 13/09/17 5:04pm
Leigh owner Derek Beaumont insists he will not walk away from the Centurions if they are relegated from Betfred Super League.
The Centurions are in danger of appearing in the Million Pound Game after winning just two of their first five matches in the Super 8s Qualifiers.
Writing in the match-day programme for Friday's must-win home game against Halifax, Beaumont says he will continue to bankroll the club if they return to the Championship after just one season in Super League.
"I have thought long and hard on this one," he says. "In 2005 after getting promoted into Super League and seeing it was not sustainable I walked away.
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"While I don't have an appetite for the Championship, I won't walk away again at this stage as I still believe that this club can become an established Super League club for many years and I am not giving that vision up after a setback.
"We have proven we can add to the competition by being competitive in our first year and not finishing bottom. We have met all the minimum standards including attendance and have had a positive impact at the club owners' meetings, building friendships and business relationships that fellow owners want to see continue.
"While the Super League structure remains uncertain at this stage along with any parachute payments and indeed our Super League status what isn't uncertain and I can say with absolute clarity is I am going nowhere."
Leigh, whose final game of the Super 8s is away at London Broncos, have already signed South Sydney centre Bryson Goodwin and Warrington threequarter Rhys Evans for 2018 but they would have the option to pull out of their deals if the club are relegated.