FORMER Wakefield Trinity Wildcats winger Liam Kay hopes to return to Super League with Leigh Centurions after signing a three-year full-time deal with the unbeaten Championship leaders.
Kay, 22, has been a revelation for them since leaving Belle Vue at the end of last season.
He has scored 21 tries in just 19 games, showing his impressive form in the recent narrow Challenge Cup quarter-final at Leeds Rhinos, too.
Kay made just four appearances for Wakefield but famously scored a hat-trick try in the dying seconds of their final game of last season to ensure they defeated Castleford Tigers and finished above their arch-rivals.
Then Trinity coach Richard Agar opted against retaining the player – who had spent much of the campaign on dual-registration with Doncaster – and he moved to part-timers Leigh on a two-year deal.
But, as they prepare to make a real push for promotion in 2015, he has seen that contract improved and extended as the club switches to full-time professionalism.
“We worked really hard to sign Liam originally after he shone playing against us for Doncaster,” said Leigh coach Paul Rowely.
“During his time with us Liam has got better and better.
“He plays with aggression and passion and is hugely popular with fellow players, staff and fans. Liam Kay has the X-factor. It is a huge coup to retain his services and he is an integral part of a very young team that is on an upward spiral.
“He originally came to us as a half-back but fate determined he played on the wing at Barrow in the second game of the season and he has been there ever since.
“I see his long-term future as a winger but the beauty of Liam is that he can play anywhere.”
Head of Rugby Derek Beaumont added: “Liam’s tough and uncompromising on the field and clearly a favourite among the fans off it.”