EXCLUSIVE: Leigh player takes club to RFL Employment Tribunal over wage row

Leigh Centurions are facing an RFL Independent Employment Tribunal after one of their players officially submitted an application to the game’s governing body this week over a failure to receive their wages.

Rugby league agent Graeme Taylor confirmed to League Express that his player, who he declined to name due to the sensitivity of the procedure, has officially lodged a complaint with the RFL along with the support of the Rugby League Players Association after not receiving either their regular September salary or bonuses.

It emerged two weeks ago that Leigh, who are facing a cost-cutting procedure after their failure to make the Qualifiers, had offered settlement sums to all their existing players. Taylor’s player – along with a handful of others – has still failed to agree on a figure with the Championship club. And with the agent now insisting his player has still not received their wages, they have taken the matter to the governing body in a bid for a resolution.

In a statement issued exclusively to League Express, Taylor said: “Taylor Made Sports Management Limited can confirm that one of their clients, who is still employed by Leigh Centurions, has still not been paid their full salary and bonuses for the month of September. We do not see this changing for the months of October and November.

“After various discussions with the club and excuses, we have been left with no alternative to raise a formal request to the Rugby Football League for an Independent Employment Tribunal which was submitted yesterday. This action has not been taken lightly, however with no sign of our client being paid in full we have been left with no option. We would like to thank the GMB for their support with this matter.”

The player has, it is understood, also made a personal statement to the RFL as part of the application.