Martyn Ridyard has agreed a new deal with Leigh Centurions for the 2020 Betfred Championship season – in what will be his Testimonial year.

The 33-year-old, originally joined Leigh back in 2019 before moving to Huddersfield on loan in 2017 and then on to Featherstone Rovers in 2018.

He re-joined the club last season and became only the third player in the club’s history to score over 2000 points – emulating John Woods and Jimmy Ledgard.

He has actually scored 2008 points for the Centurions in 250 games, a tally that includes crossing for 80 tries and 838 goals. His career has been honoured with a Testimonial that has been granted by the RFL.

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Ridyard said: “I’m happy to get the deal done and looking forward to a big year with the lads. It will be good to work with the new players because I think John Duffy has put together a really competitive squad with the likes of Ben Hellewell and Danny Addy arriving.

“I am grateful to have my Testimonial granted by the RFL and the club and I hope it’s a big year for me.”

After coming through the ranks at Leigh Miners Rangers, Ridyard turned professional with his hometown club in 2009 after making his debut in the first official game at Leigh Sports Village against London Skolars.

He quickly became a regular and after helping the club to Northern Rail Cup success in both 2011 and 2013 was a key member of the squad which achieved promotion to Super League in 2016.

Leigh Centurions head coach John Duffy added “It was great for the club when Martyn came back last year, especially as a Leigh lad. I coached him for a season at Featherstone so was pleased to have him back onboard.

“I’m really pleased he’s staying with us and we need to make sure we get him fit. We need to look after him and make sure he’s raring to go by the start of the season.

“As a Leigh lad, he knows where he needs to improve on last year and it will be a big year for him as it’s also his Testimonial season. I’m sure the supporters and everybody involved in the club will back his events next year and make it a year to remember for both Martyn and the club.”

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