AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 14: Bodene Thompson of the Warriors controls the ball during the round 19 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Penrith Panthers at Mt Smart Stadium on July 14, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

New Zealand Warriors back-rower Bodene Thompson has signed a two-year deal with English club Leigh Centurions.

Thompson, 29, is another high profile signing for the Centurion club. Leigh’s owner Derek Beaumont was particularly pleased with the Kiwi addition.

“This is a real quality signing for the Club. I am really excited to have Bodene at our Club. I was a little dubious when Kez said he had landed this one and as time pressed on I had thought it wasn’t going to happen with us being in the Championship.” Derek said.

“But fair play to him, he worked hard to get it over the line and big respect to Bodene for buying into what we are doing. He plays the style of rugby I love to watch and I am really looking forward to meeting him.”

Head coach Neil Jukes said: “Bodene’s signing is a big coup for Leigh Centurions. He has lots of experience and has played for some big NRL clubs. Kez has done a marvellous job to get it over the line.

“Bodene is a hard running, tough tackling edge player which is pretty much everything you want from someone in that position.

“The fans will surely enjoy watching Bodene ply his trade in the great jersey of Leigh Centurions.”

Thomspon made his NRL Debut for the Titans in 2009, appearing in 49 games until 2012. He then headed South to play for the Wests Tigers, a couple of lacklustre seasons, saw him play in 36 games, and released from his contract. Afterwards, he headed home back to Auckland. He appeared in 48 games for the New Zealand Club scoring 15 tries.

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