Leigh Centurions sign Kurt Baptiste to one year deal

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Leigh Centurions sign Kurt Baptiste to one year deal

Post by Matt » December 18, 2017, 7:43 am

Leigh Centurions confirm Kurt Baptiste signing

Leigh Centurions are delighted to confirm the signing of Kurt Baptiste on a one year contract until the end of November 2018.

Leigh Centurions head coach Neil Jukes said: “Kurt’s signature is a huge coup for the Club. 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. He’ll join up with the boys after the New Year and jump straight into our preparations for 2018.”

Read more: https://leighrl.co.uk/wp/blog/2017/12/1 ... e-signing/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Canberra Raiders confirm Kurt Baptiste has signed a deal for 2018 with the Leigh Centurions: https://www.raiders.com.au/news/2017/12 ... -released/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Post by T_R » December 18, 2017, 8:22 am

Best of luck to him
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Re: Leigh Centurions Confirm Kurt Baptiste Signing

Post by Goobeeful » December 18, 2017, 8:43 am

Are we cap compliant for 2018 now?

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Post by greeneyed » December 18, 2017, 9:10 am

My understanding is yes.
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Re: Leigh Centurions confirm Kurt Baptiste signing

Post by edwahu » December 18, 2017, 9:43 am

I guess our last 4 spots will be all minimum wagers then.

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Post by Northern Raider » December 18, 2017, 9:51 am

Goobeeful wrote:Are we cap compliant for 2018 now?
Thats what's been implied previously. Would have been a reasonable outcome for all if not for Hodgo's knee injury.
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Re: Leigh Centurions Confirm Kurt Baptiste Signing

Post by edwahu » December 18, 2017, 10:05 am

Northern Raider wrote:
Goobeeful wrote:Are we cap compliant for 2018 now?
Thats what's been implied previously. Would have been a reasonable outcome for all if not for Hodgo's knee injury.
I suppose, but relative to a lot of other clubs it would still have been pretty poor.

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Re: Leigh Centurions sign Kurt Baptiste to one year deal

Post by greeneyed » December 18, 2017, 10:29 am

NRL: Canberra Raiders hooker Kurt Baptiste released

The Canberra Raiders have released hooker Kurt Baptiste in a move that could make them salary cap compliant. Baptiste will pack his bags for English Super League outfit Leigh Centurions, ending months of uncertainty that has hovered over his future.

"Kurt's signature is a huge coup for the club," Leigh head coach Neil Jukes said.

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-l ... 06bhz.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Kurt Baptiste leaves Raiders for Leigh Centurions: https://www.nrl.com/news/2017/12/18/kur ... enturions/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: Leigh Centurions sign Kurt Baptiste to one year deal

Post by -PJ- » December 18, 2017, 11:09 am

It's a real shame we had to part ways with the Baptiste..

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Post by LP Raider » December 18, 2017, 11:13 am

See you back in 2019 Kurt.

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Re: Leigh Centurions sign Kurt Baptiste to one year deal

Post by BadnMean » December 18, 2017, 11:28 am

Good little player. Amazed he doesn't have an NRL gig, but maybe the timing left him out in the cold there.

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Re: Leigh Centurions sign Kurt Baptiste to one year deal

Post by christoraider » December 18, 2017, 12:00 pm

One year deal ? Is he coming back in 2019 ?


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Post by greeneyed » December 18, 2017, 12:22 pm

That seems to be in the club's thinking.
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Post by christoraider » December 18, 2017, 12:23 pm

Thanks GE


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Re: Leigh Centurions sign Kurt Baptiste to one year deal

Post by -TW- » December 18, 2017, 2:12 pm

Forward Luke Bateman has been training at hooker
Oh boy! Get around the great man

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Re: Leigh Centurions sign Kurt Baptiste to one year deal

Post by yeh raiders » December 18, 2017, 2:25 pm

-TW- wrote:
Forward Luke Bateman has been training at hooker
Oh boy! Get around the great man

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Wonder how he'll compare to Alan Tongue ...

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Re: Leigh Centurions sign Kurt Baptiste to one year deal

Post by -GD- » December 18, 2017, 3:16 pm

-TW- wrote:
Forward Luke Bateman has been training at hooker
Oh boy! Get around the great man

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You have to be kidding......

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Re: Leigh Centurions sign Kurt Baptiste to one year deal

Post by -TW- » December 18, 2017, 4:08 pm

yeh raiders wrote:
-TW- wrote:
Forward Luke Bateman has been training at hooker
Oh boy! Get around the great man

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Wonder how he'll compare to Alan Tongue ...
Luke Bateman will be this clubs greatest hooker, bar none

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Re: Leigh Centurions sign Kurt Baptiste to one year deal

Post by edwahu » December 18, 2017, 4:33 pm

-GD- wrote:
-TW- wrote:
Forward Luke Bateman has been training at hooker
Oh boy! Get around the great man

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You have to be kidding......
I had to check the article.

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Re: Leigh Centurions sign Kurt Baptiste to one year deal

Post by Green eyed Mick » December 18, 2017, 6:03 pm

greeneyed wrote:That seems to be in the club's thinking.
I think its a good strategy. Kurt will benefit from getting more game time which will ultimately benefit the Raiders if he returns. Sticky would have to change how he uses them though because neither had a good year in 2017 compared to what they are capable of.

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Re: Leigh Centurions sign Kurt Baptiste to one year deal

Post by scotchberry » December 18, 2017, 7:19 pm

Green eyed Mick wrote:
greeneyed wrote:That seems to be in the club's thinking.
I think its a good strategy. Kurt will benefit from getting more game time which will ultimately benefit the Raiders if he returns. Sticky would have to change how he uses them though because neither had a good year in 2017 compared to what they are capable of.
If I was Baptiste I’d be doing anything but coming back to us for anything but a substantial contract.

Finally guaranteed the starting position for majority of season in a spine position and he gets turfed ahead of others in the squad ?

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Re: Leigh Centurions sign Kurt Baptiste to one year deal

Post by BigPapa » December 18, 2017, 7:39 pm

He must've already been on a substantial contract to free up our cap problem.

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Post by bonehead » December 18, 2017, 7:39 pm

BigPapa wrote:He must've already been on a substantial contract to free up our cap problem.
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Re: Leigh Centurions sign Kurt Baptiste to one year deal

Post by MrMilk » December 18, 2017, 7:50 pm

Only the Raiders could lose Hodgson to an ACL injury and then be forced to release Baptiste

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Post by RedRaider » December 20, 2017, 11:34 pm

MrMilk wrote:Only the Raiders could lose Hodgson to an ACL injury and then be forced to release Baptiste
Agree MrMilk. The first and second choice players in a key position position not being with the club in 2018 puts our contingency planning in a poor light. I am a 'glass half full' person though and hope that either of our two new recruits or one of our three halves can step up with FG standard performances in the No.9 next season.

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Re: Leigh Centurions sign Kurt Baptiste to one year deal

Post by Seiffert82 » December 28, 2017, 7:13 am

Sucks seeing him leave, but another 12 months to fully recover from that achilles injury doesn't hurt. Hopefully we see him "back in the green in 2019".

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