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Leigh Centurions Sign London Broncos Centre Hellewell

Leigh Centurions have confirmed the signing of the vastly experienced Ben Hellewell for the 2020 Betfred Championship season.

Most recently with London, Hellewell is a player Leigh head coach John Duffy knows well from his time with the Scotland international set-up.

Hellewell said: "I love working with John, he's a good coach and a good people person. I know from being involved at Scotland that he's all about the lads and a good man manager.

"I'm joining a club that will have no excuses for not doing well next season. They are building a really competitive squad that is good enough to really challenge for promotion."

Duffy said: "Benny played centre at Featherstone for a few years before going to London but he didn't really get his chance this year.

"I see him more as a backrow and that's a position where he will excel because he's a real tough lad. He's a no-nonsense type of player who will get through his work and probably be unnoticed.

"When I had him in the backrow at Scotland, he was playing against big teams like the Kiwis and he was outstanding. When he's on his game, he's superb."

Hellewell made 12 appearances for Sheffield Eagles last season while on dual registration from London Broncos, for who he played three times in 2019. Hellewell scored seven tries while at the Eagles and was a key player as the club reached the final of the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup.

A product of the Warrington Wolves academy set-up, 28-year-old Hellewell has played for York, Barrow, Featherstone, Dewsbury but it was at London where he enjoyed the best spell of his career. In the capital between 2015 and 2019, he played more than 100 times, scoring 46 tries.

He has been a regular in the Scotland national team, playing 14 times and scoring four times. During his career he has played in several different positions but Duffy sees him as a perfect backrow option because of his physique and handling ability.

Hellewell added: "I know a lot of the players there and I know there is a good culture at the club. They have a passionate fanbase and I am looking forward to getting stuck in. It was a former Leigh player Greg Richards that recommended I come here and I'm especially looking forward to linking up with the likes of Tom Spencer who I played with at London last season."

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