Thornley follows brother’s footsteps by signing new Leigh deal

Andy Thornley has followed in his brother’s footsteps by re-signing with Leigh for the 2020 Betfred Championship.

Thornley – whose brother Iain has also committed to the club for 2020 – is in his second stint at Leigh having signed from Swinton Lions in November last year.

Forward Thornley started 17 games last season, coming off the bench a further seven times and scoring seven tries.

He told the club website: “I’m made up to have re-signed for next year. I’m a big believer in Duffs (Leigh head coach John Duffy) and his staff. They have a vision for the club and I’m grateful to be a part of it.

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“Playing in front of the Leigh faithful, old friends and my brother last year reignited a passion for rugby I thought I was losing so I jumped at the chance to play another year.

“I said to John at the start of last year that I wanted to finish my career being able to look in the mirror and know I’ve given everything to achieve something. I think Leigh is the only place I can push myself to do this.”