Micky Higham comes out of retirement to help Leigh Centurions

Former Leigh captain Micky Higham has responded to his club’s early-season crisis by coming out of retirement at the age of 37.

The former Great Britain hooker hung up his boots in January and has begun a new career as a social inclusion officer with Leigh Community Trust.

Higham will now put his new career on hold after signing a new full-time playing contract for 2018 with his home-town club, who parted company with head coach Neil Jukes on Monday after losing three of their opening four Betfred Championship matches.

Leigh say the move was made following the loss of hookers Daniel Mortimer and Kurt Baptiste to injury and Higham could now go straight into caretaker coach Kieron Purtill’s team to play Featherstone on Sunday.

Higham said: “It all seems a little bit surreal. When Kieron asked me to look at the possibility of coming back as a player I was really excited and I got butterflies in my stomach.

“I felt like I did when I first signed professional forms for Leigh as a teenager and I thought that if I still got that feeling then the desire was still there.

“I’ve made no secret that I never wanted to retire and two or three clubs had enquired about my services but I turned them down.

“It’s not an easy time for the club at the moment but people who know me know how much Leigh means to me.”