Brierley: The effort is there

Leigh Centurions fullback Ryan Brierley insists the effort is there from his struggling team and he is confident they will turn things around despite falling to Castleford 52-16 on Friday.

The Centurions are conceding on average 38.6 points per match and Brierley described the heavy defeat to the Tigers as “disappointing”, but claimed there is no lack of effort from his side.

“We are trying too hard in some elements of the game and we are guilty of trying to solve things on our own,” he said.

“It’s definitely not a lack of effort; we are just not being smart enough in certain areas. But we are a solid group and I’m confident we can turn it around and have a successful season.

“Some of us haven’t played for 12 months and we’ve gone straight into Super League.”

Leigh, who face Salford at the AJ Bell Stadium this Friday, have continued to recruit in the past few weeks with new signings Anthony Gelling, Ben Reynolds and Nathan Peats.

Brierley believes Leigh will improve gradually as they play together as a team.

“We have full belief in the group and when we do the things our coaches tell us it clearly works,” the 29-year-old said.

“We’re just not doing it for long enough, which builds frustration and ultimately results in players trying too hard. We knew it was going to be a tough year but we will keep learning and getting better and fighting for each other.

“No one has given us a chance and that’s okay. It’s up to us to prove we belong here.”

The above content is also available in the regular weekly edition of League Express, on newsstands every Monday in the UK and as a digital download. Click here for more details.