Haggerty happy to embrace Leigh survival challenge

Leigh Centurions interim coach Kurt Haggerty insists he is enjoying the challenge of leading Leigh’s bid to beat the odds and stay in Super League.

The former Centurions and Ireland forward is busy trying to boost his squad ahead of Thursday’s tough trip to Warrington.

The Centurions head to the Halliwell Jones Stadium having suffered an eleventh defeat in eleven Super League matches.

The 64-22 home loss to Hull was the biggest of the season so far for Leigh, and to add to their woes, Salford’s win at Huddersfield left them further adrift at the foot of the table.

But Haggerty, who stepped up from assistant when John Duffy departed earlier this month and was taking charge for the third time against Hull, said: “I am really enjoying it, probably more than I thought I would do.

“However, that’s down to the players and the staff who have been really helpful and responsive.

“There has been no chat with (owner) Derek (Beaumont). He is letting me do my thing, but I am sure there will be some point when he makes the right decision for the club.”

Haggerty is working on strengthening his side’s defence.

He explained: “Hull were good, not brilliant. I thought at times we still looked threatening but we were just nowhere near consistent enough in defence.

“We started the game very poorly. We never really recovered from that. We were just not on it. I thought we let their big men run right over us too much.

“We will address the issues and we will probably bring in another one or two for the Warrington game, but I am not 100 per cent sure on that at the moment.”

Meanwhile Leigh have loaned halfback Jamie Ellis to York, as their owner explained.

“This opportunity gives Jamie the chance to get some good game time at a club with a good coaching set-up and excellent playing facilities,” said Beaumont.

“By playing regularly, he will have the chance to push for a place in our team and be sharp should he need to be recalled.”

Prop Tom Spencer, meanwhile, has started a second loan spell of this season at Swinton.

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