Jarrod Sammut admits it’ll be a relief to pull on a Leigh shirt in 2020, after having never beaten them as an opposing player.
Sammut has enjoyed a long and varied career since arriving in the UK with Crusaders and most recently made 14 appearances for Wigan.
But the 32-year-old will continue his career in the Championship with Leigh, a side he’s never bettered.
He said: “As a player, facing Leigh was always daunting.
“In all my time here in the UK as a player, I’ve not beaten Leigh so if you can’t beat them, join them.
“Leigh play the game hard and they like to play expansive rugby which is the way I like to play, too.
“As a pivot, you have to take ownership of that role and if you can’t handle the pressure then you either need to find a new position or a new career.
“I enjoy that pressure, knowing I’ve got the rest of my team-mates depending on me. I need to be at my best to ensure they’re playing at their best. It’s an empowerment and responsibility I love.”
Leigh coach John Duffy said: “Jarrod is someone who you can’t plan to counteract. He plays off the cuff and I think that’s something we missed at times last season.
“We want him to use all the experience he has – especially in the Championship when he helped London Broncos to promotion – to help us at Leigh Centurions.”
Leigh owner Derek Beaumont said: “Rugby League has become very structured and when you see decent tries being scored it tends to be from when something has broken down or somebody has done something completely different.
“Jarrod has had success in the Championship with getting London promoted but has also played at the very highest level in the NRL. He’s a tough competitor who will really add something special to our squad.
“The big thing for me when I met Jarrod was his interest and desire in Leigh and what we were doing. He wants to win in everything he does.”