IMG’s proposals are an admission the sport’s biggest clubs are too fragile and insecure to be left to winds of sporting chance
The hooter sounds and Blake Ferguson sinks to his knees and in that moment everything seems to dissolve a little. The exhausted Leigh Centurions players collapse into each other’s arms; fans cling to each other in the stands; the shy and retiring Leigh owner, Derek Beaumont, reluctantly steps on to the pitch, looking genuinely dismayed that the television cameras seem to be homing in on his leopard-print shirt and extravagant dance moves.
Still, everyone can be excused a little exuberance. For once more Leigh are back in Super League.