Maria to make Leigh switch

Leigh Centurions have confirmed the capture of Catalans forward Antoni Maria on a two-year deal from the beginning of the 2017 season.

The French international, who has made 40 appearances for the Dragons since making his debut in 2012, will link up with his new teammates at the end of the season.

“Antoni is a player we have chased for some time now and I am delighted to get his signing over the line,” said Leigh head coach Neil Jukes.

“He is a big, strong, fast and aggressive middle man who has been playing extremely well this season in a good Catalans side.

“Antoni is a no-nonsense forward who plays it tough and has all the qualities you ask for in a middle man. I am excited he is joining our journey and it is very pleasing to add a player of his quality to our squad for next season. I am sure he will soon become a fans’ favourite.”

Leigh Centurions Owner Derek Beaumont said: “Antoni is a big, powerful guy who has consistently played Super League for the Catalans who are at the top end of the table. He is another indicator of the direction we are taking, irrespective of which competition we find ourselves in next season and it is great that he has bought into our vision and what we are trying to achieve.

“I have no doubt he will become a fans’ favourite and I would like to thank Maxence his agent for his assistance with us.”