Beaumont On Centurions' Parachute Payment

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6 February 2018

Leigh Centurions chairman, Derek Beaumont has given some insight into the thinking behind the £500k parachute payment due to the losing side in last summer’s million pound game. In an article for the match day programme at the Leigh Centurions Vs Toronto Wolfpack game last week he explains consideration over expanding Super League to fourteen teams and the fear that if some teams were relegated they may never recover .

Beaumont wrote: “The parachute payment was suggested in the early summer months along with the suggestions of a new structure. At the time we (Super League clubs ~ editor) were looking as a group to get the game towards fourteen teams. Two clubs I won’t name stated that if relegated they felt it would be the death of them. Clearly that wasn’t desirable. Furthermore it was envisaged KR would have issues of maintaining their challenge if they didn’t succeed at the first attempt. For the record I stated I would invest my money and Leigh would keep fighting.

“Anyway, well before it was known who was in the MPG it was agreed there would be a parachute between £500k and £800k, the exact amount and conditions to be decided at a later date and that this money would be under-pinned by the Super League clubs. That amount was decided as £500k and the conditions that the whole of the central funding had to be spent on players so £1.25m.

“I was very grateful

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