St Helens youngsters join Leigh Centurions on loan
Saints' young guns, Josh Eaves and Matty Foster, have both joined Leigh Centurions as part of the RFL’s new two-week loan system, with both moves then to be reviewed on a week-by-week basis.
The RFL announced recently that to reflect the removal of dual registration, the minimum length of a loan is now reduced to 14 days (from 28 days) with the rationale to avoid a player transferring to a club for a particular match.
This will, of course, be subject to Lateral Flow Testing prior to entering the new environment and repeat lateral flow testing where necessary.
Both Eaves and Foster are Academy products with hooker Eaves scoring in his only appearance in 2020 in a narrow defeat to Salford.
Eaves, 23, has made a total of three appearances in the red vee but will now look to gain more Super League experience at Leigh.
Foster, 19, is a second-row forward signed from Blackbrook and is another who has progressed through the Saints' Academy programme and has represented England at U16s level alongside the likes of Jack Welsby and Josh Simm.
He was given a first team squad number for 2020 and made his debut off the bench against Salford.
Head coach Kristian Woolf said: “I am excited for both Josh and Matty who have the opportunity to play regular Super League games.
''Both have played very limited rugby in 2020 and this experience will help their development and they will become better players for it. Leigh are getting two really good players so it’s a mutually beneficial deal for both clubs.”
The club will continue to monitor both players on a week-by-week basis to ensure they receive regular game time at the Centurions.
Outside back Nathan Roebuck and centre Tom Burnett have also joined Leigh on loan from Warrington Wolves.