Leigh Centurions are pleased to confirm the signing of New Zealand international Bryson Goodwin, who will join the Club on a two-year contract to the end of November 2019 at the end of the current season.

One of the most experienced outside backs in the NRL and currently playing for South Sydney, Goodwin, 31, will join up with his new Centurions team-mates in time for pre season training.

Leigh Centurions Head Coach Neil Jukes said: “I have followed Bryson’s career over past years and he has been one of the most consistent performers for his team. He has shown that again this year and as he can play fullback, centre or wing he also has great versatility.

“Those are areas where we need to add quality and Bryson reinforced his reputation when he had a very strong game against Brisbane Broncos and their form centre James Roberts in particular.

“Bryson brings a wealth of experience, hardness and consistency and I look forward to welcoming him and his family to Leigh Centurions.

“When I spoke to Bryson over the ‘phone I could immediately tell that he has the appetite to achieve things over here and he is a good fit for us, just as we are for him.”

Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont said: “Bryson is a proven quality NRL player and comes with a wealth of experience of top quality games. He is a player that has played every round this term and who was offered a contract out there, so this is a quality signing for the Club and gives us some quality out wide.

” It was always going to be difficult this year and it is a case of building the Club by adding quality each year at every opportunity so that we can keep progressing. As you add quality it makes it easier to attract more quality and as your position in the table improves that also makes it easier to attract quality.

“Me, Neil and the rest of the coaching team have been scouring and meeting agents for weeks now and have completed another signing for next year and one for this which is imminent with another for this year being considered and very close.

“We intended keeping next year’s signings under wraps until the end of season out of respect to the clubs they currently represent but unfortunately this one broke over there and has led to us confirming it early. I look forward to seeing Bryson in a Leigh shirt next year!”

Bryson Goodwin said: “I am really looking forward to joining Leigh Centurions and competing in the Super League Competition next season. The club is on the way up and I look forward to being part of their journey.

“I have a close friend already playing with the club, Mitch Brown, and he only has positive things to say about the Club.”

The son of former Australian international Ted Goodwin, who scored a try for the Kangaroos at Hilton Park in their 31-4 victory over Leigh in 1973, Bryson comes from a real Rugby League family.

His elder brothers Bronx and Luke also played in the NRL and Luke had spells in Super League playing for Oldham Bears in 1997 and then London Broncos.

The family have played a total of 375 NRL games with father Ted’s tally of 145 followed by his sons Bronx (32), Luke (34) and Bryson (164) with younger brother Grayson playing in the Illawarra competition.

Bryson Goodwin made his NRL debut for Cronulla in 2007 and then spent four years at Canterbury Bulldogs between 2009 and 2012 before joining his current club South Sydney in 2013. He has scored a total of 65 tries and kicked 133 goals.

Born in Parkes, NSW, he is eligible to represent New Zealand because of his paternal grandparents and he made his debut for the Kiwis against Tonga in 2009 before playing three games in the 2009 Four Nations tournament against Australia, France and England. He was chosen for the Kiwis’ 2013 World Cup squad and played in all six of their games as they reached the final before losing to Australia at Old Trafford. He has scored eight tries and kicked 13 goals in ten international appearances.

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Note: Bryson’s Father, Ted Goodwin, played against Leigh as part of the Leigh Vs Australia Tour match on November 11th 1973 at Hilton Park.

This was first published on the Leigh Centurions website