English side Leigh Centurions will now have not 1 but 2 powerful props, with Melbourne Storm prop Dayne Weston joining the club from the 2016 season on a 2-year deal.
Originally from Goulburn in New South Wales, his first crack in rugby league came when he was offered a scholarship with the then Illawarra Steelers before he started his career at the Cronulla Sharks.
That was then followed by stints at both the North Queensland Cowboys and the Penrith Panthers, before Craig Bellamy convinced him to head South to Melbourne where he has so far played in 10 NRL games this year.
Several Australian-based players have recently headed to Leigh, with Fuifui Moimoi the last one to do so. Weston’s presence will add even more power and physicality to the Leigh pack.
The club are excited about the signing, with coach Paul Rowley well aware of the system he was involved in at the Storm and of Weston’s playing style.
“I am delighted to add Dayne to our 2016 squad and am looking forward to him adding good value to our group both on and off the field,” said Rowley.
“He joins us from Melbourne who are a club renowned for their excellent culture as well as their enterprising brand of Rugby League and so as we endeavour to progress and better ourselves he is just the calibre of person we were looking for.
“I am looking forward to working with Dayne and welcoming him to our family here at the Centurions.”
With some players in mind to bolster their side, the club went with the decision of coach Rowley on this one and Leigh’s Head of Rugby Derek Beaumont is pleased the club can attract high-level talent.
“I was impressed with what Paul put in front of me regarding Dayne. He, Ando (Paul Anderson), Finny (Simon Finnigan) and Jukesy (Neil Jukes) work hard to find prospects that can add to our group. We look at various options but Rolls was very clear and sure that he wanted to add Dayne to our group.
â€œHaving spoken at length with Dayne, I was very impressed in how thorough he was about coming over here and ensuring everything was right for his wife and two young children. He clearly has the values we embrace as a club and his rugby ability is there in a proven track record for all to see.
It gives me great pleasure to be able to convince proven quality top level players to join our great club ahead of other higher placed interested parties.”