Wigan Warriors’ young half-back Josh Woods has completed a one-year loan move to Leigh Centurions, the clubs announced today.
Woods, 20, made eleven appearances for Wigan in 2018 with thirteen more coming during a spell with Swinton Lions. In the Warriors’ jersey, he scored two tries but will no doubt remember most fondly his last-gasp drop goal which gave the cherry and whites a 13-12 victory over Warrington in July. The news of his temporary move to Leigh came shortly after Wigan announced that Woods, Sam Powell and Harry Smith had each signed new three-year deals with the club.
John Duffy, the new Leigh head coach after moving from Featherstone, told the media tha “it will be a dream come true for Josh and his dad, Mick as they are both ardent Leigh Centurions fans and season ticket holders on the North Stand.” The former player explained his belief that Woods can really help the Centurions as they look to rebuild as a part-time club in 2019. “Josh is a very classy half-back and has already gained a lot of experience in both Super League and the Championship, playing on dual registration in the past two seasons at Swinton Lions,” he said, adding that the opportunity to team up with fellow new signing Martyn Ridyard in Centurions colours. “He’ll greatly benefit from the experience he’ll get here. This will serve him and Wigan Warriors well in the future, so it’s a win-win for everyone,” Duffy added.
Woods himself expressed his delight at moving to the club he follows. “I can’t wait to pull on a Leigh Centurions shirt. It all feels a bit weird at the moment. I’ve supported Leigh all my life and it will be great to play for the club,” he told the media following the announcement. “I will still train at Wigan every day and join up with Leigh on a Thursday evening for the team training so I’ll get the best of both worlds.”