Leigh Centurions are planning for life in the Middle 8s by re-signing hooker Micky Higham from Warrington Wolves.
The 34 year-old makes the move with immediate effect and could make his second debut for the club in Sunday’s Summer Bash showdown with Featherstone Rovers in Blackpool.
“I am absolutely delighted to have Micky on board,” said Leigh head of rugby Derek Beaumont
“It is no secret I am fully committed to doing what is necessary to build this club into a competitive Super League club.
“Having Sean Penkywicz out with a serious injury dented our plans. Whilst Bob Beswick has been absolutely outstanding for 80 minutes per game, particularly against Salford and Wakefield it is not only unfair to expect him to continually perform like that but unrealistic when it comes to the middle 8s.”
Head coach Paul Rowley added: “It was important that we remained strong in the hooking role and the signing of Mickey is another boost for us at this crucial time.
“Micky will provide quality on the field but will also continue to enhance our off-field culture and I welcome Micky and his family to the club and look forward to him making his second Leigh debut.”
Higham last featured for Leigh in the 2000 Northern Ford Premiership Grand Final defeat to Dewsbury Rams and has since gone on to play for St Helens, Wigan Warriors and Warrington.
The transfer fee involved is £50,000 which is a record Club fee for the summer era and Higham is now contracted to Leigh Centurions until November 2016 with an option at the club’s discretion for 2017.