Leigh Centurions have continued to strengthen their playing squad for 2017, as they have secured the services of Bradford Bulls star James Clare.
Clare, 25, had real concern over his future at the Bradford Bulls with the clubs off-field and wanted to to ensure his playing future for the next couple of seasons were stable.
Clare did not get the reinsurance he needed from the Bulls with Leigh and Castleford chasing for his services, it is understood Clare has chosen to sign with Leigh Centurions on a 2-year deal, from the 2017 season.
Leigh’s Coach Neil Jukes made it very public that he was interested in signing CLare from Bradford and is happy that he got his man.
“James is a very good player, who I have admired for a long time, and we are always looking to strengthen our squad and I believe we have done that with James.”
The Deal is believed to be completed after Bradford uncertainties of administration are resolved, which is expected to be within 48-72hrs.
Castleford Coach Powell had reportedly spoken to Clare about a possible return to Cas, but admitted the deal had fallen through and Leigh were always in front to secure his services.
Clare played 38 games for Castleford between 2012-2014, before signing with the Bradford Bulls for the 2015 season, where he added a further 30 games to his first class career.