LEIGH Centurions called upon the services of the voice of rugby league Eddie Hemmings to push the club's bid for the 12th place in Super League.

Hemmings, who gave his time for free, voiced the video that Centurions put together when they submitted their application to join the 13-man code's top flight.

It shows Centurions, who famously defeated local rivals St Helens, Wigan and Warrington when they were last in Super League back in 2017, at their very best - with the crowd roaring inside a stadium that put others in the top division to shame.

Centurions owner Derek Beaumont said: “Eddie had always enjoyed his time at Leigh while working for Sky for many years and was delighted to be able to help. In true Eddie style, he later joked he had only done it so that people knew he was still alive!

“I can’t thank Eddie enough and it really does make us all very proud to see that he sees our club in this light. Whilst Eddie didn’t want to charge and wouldn’t take anything for his services, I also know had he not believed in our club, no amount of money would have seen him put his name to it.

“It’s a fantastic video and is clear evidence of what this Club displays on match days in Super League – a roaring, animated crowd in a fantastic stadium, creating an atmosphere added to with fireworks, gas burners, confetti cannons and entertainers and some pretty impressive and exciting rugby along the way.

“It would be amazing to re-ignite our town in the spring from the pandemic with explosive Super League atmospheres once again."

Centurions are vying with five other clubs to fill the void vacated by Toronto; London, York, Toulouse, Bradford and Featherstone.

Owner Beaumont, coach John Duffy, Leigh Community Trust Programmes Director Hannah Forbes and player Mark Ioane delivered the bid document to the Rugby Football League headquarters at Red Hall, Leeds and Super League Europe Limited offices in Manchester.

Seven copies were delivered in total, one for each member of the selection Panel together with chairman Lord Jonathan Caine.

Beaumont added: “It has been a crazy period between receiving and reviewing the application process and criteria and getting the finished product to the printer.

“Irrespective of the outcome Leigh Centurions will undoubtedly be a stronger club in 2021, as a result of this far-reaching exercise.

“This has taught me so much about the outstanding commitment, passion and ability of the various departments, who all pulled together as a great team.

“When the document was delivered it almost felt like the operational board and non-playing staff and partners have played the play-offs in the boardroom rather than on the field. I am confident we have made the 'Million Pound Game.'