Another PNG player set for England

<p>British super league club, Leigh Centurions, have confirmed the signing on their official website, saying Kurt Baptiste is on a one year contract until the end of November 2018.</p>

<p>Baptiste played in all four of PNG’s matches during the 2017 World Cup and has played over 60 NRL games for Brisbane Broncos and Canberra Raiders.</p>

<p>The 26-year-old Papua New Guinea international hooker will join up with his new teammates in early January as preparations for the 2018 season intensify after the successful conclusion of negotiations with head of rugby, Keiron Cunningham.</p>

<p>Leigh Centurions head coach Neil Jukes said Kurt’s signature is a huge coup for the club, adding that both on and off the field, he will add great leadership values and bring the quality trends he has developed from two elite environments in the Broncos and the Raiders.</p>

<p>The coach added that his energy, control and running game will be infectious for the players around him and the staff look forward to further enhancing those skills.</p>

<p>Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont said Keiron has been working on bringing Baptiste to the club since the Mitch Rein deal fell through.</p>

<p>His current NRL team, Canberra Raiders, confirmed he had signed a deal for 2018 with the Leigh Centurions, having played 56 matches for the Raiders.</p>

<p><em>(Kurt Baptiste – Picture: NRLPhotos)</em></p>