JAMIE Ellis is again linked with a return to Leigh nine years after a stunning one season contribution to the Centurions’ cause.

Ben Reynolds’ surprise departure to Toulouse has left a half-back vacancy to fill for the 2021 campaign.

And Leigh have yet to confirm future plans for their other playmakers: Jarrod Sammut, Josh Woods and Martyn Ridyard.

Ellis, now 30, was backed to drop into the Championship with John Duffy’s squad last year. Instead he joined Hull KR after his departure from Castleford Tigers.

Out of contract with the Robins at the end of this season Ellis, who played in Rovers’ 32-18 defeat to champions St Helens last Sunday, is once more touted as a target for the Leythers.

KR boss Tony Smith recently denied knowledge of any reported talks for the player’s services.

But rumours persist over Ellis who started his career at St Helens and then served Hull FC and Huddersfield as well as earlier spells with Cas and Hull KR.

Centurions best remember him for performances in 2011 that saw him score 34 tries in all competitions and finish as Championship player and young player of the year.

Owner Derek Beaumont has pledged to recruit Super League quality players for next year’s promotion push and Ellis would certainly fit the bill.

Leigh have also been linked with Toronto Wolfpack’s Australian playmaker Blake Wallace.

Wallace, 28, has been with Toronto since the club was founded appearing in League One Championship and Super League for the Canadian outfit.

*Swinton have confirmed the signing of Leigh centre Liam Forsyth on a two-year deal.

Forsyth, 24, who scored two tries in Centurions’ 34-0 win over York on February 16 will link-up with Stuart Littler’s squad for 2021.

He previously played under head coach Duffy while on dual reg at Swinton in 2017.

Swinton boss Littler said: “The signing is an outstanding capture for our club.

“He is an exceptional strike centre who has a very high try scoring ratio per games played, both whilst he was with us previously on dual registration from Wigan and throughout his time at Leigh.”

*The club has announced the death of club chaplain Peter Roberts.

A club message read: “Sincere condolences from all directors, coaches, players, staff and supporters to his wife Amanda and young family.”