Thornley re-signs with Leigh

Centre Iain Thornley will remain at Leigh Centurions for the 2020 Betfred Championship season.

The former Wigan Warriors, Catalans Dragons and Hull KR star was one of the club’s top perfromers last season as he scored 16 tries in 32 appearances.

The 28-year-old joined Leigh last November after two seasons with Catalans Dragons, where he played alongside elder brother Andy. But it wasn’t his first experience as a Centurions player – he represented the club as a dual reg player in 2013.

That proved to be a memorable year for the player – scoring a try in Wigan’s Challenge Cup Final win over Hull FC at Wembley Stadium. He went on to earn a coveted Super League Grand Final winner’s ring as Wigan beat Warrington at Old Trafford.

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Thornley played for Hull KR before relocating to the south of France in 2017 and has also spent time at Salford on loan.

This news comes on the back of the club announcing the signing of Danny Addy from Hull KR for the 2020 campaign.

Thornley said: “It was a good year for me and the team last year given where we started from, though it wasn’t the end we wanted.

“I am very happy at Leigh Centurions and we will all be trying to improve on what we achieved in 2020. The Betfred Championship is going to be another really competitive league next season and I am already looking forward to it.

“I thought we showed a lot of character last season after rebuilding almost from scratch and I’m thankful to John Duffy for giving me the opportunity.”