St Helens legend Cunningham lands Leigh role

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Keiron Cunningham has been appointed Leigh Centurions head of rugby four months after he was sacked by St Helens.

Cunningham paid the price for Saints' poor start to the season in April, when he was given the boot by the club where he holds legendary status as a result of his exploits in his playing days.

The 40-year-old is back in the game after agreeing to take over duties that Leigh owner Derek Beaumont previously carried out.

Cunningham joins a club battling to avoid an immediate return to the Championship with five matches remaining, plus potentially the 'Million Pound Game'.

The former Great Britain international said: "I have not come in to take anyone's place but to add my knowledge and experience at this stage of the season. I get on well with 'Jukesy' [Leigh head coach Neil Jukes] and he is a good friend.

"Derek has brought me in to ease the burden on Neil and bring my experience to Leigh Centurions. Hopefully I will bring a new set of eyes and structures and I'm delighted to have been given this opportunity."