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John Roddy is ready to lead Leigh Centurions to the highest level
11:10am Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
Leigh Centurions RLFC have appointed John Roddy as permanent role of Chairman.
Mr Roddy took on the interim role three months ago following changes at the top after the introduction of a new Board of Management to take responsibility for the day to day running of the club.
During the period Leigh Centurions have become Northern Rail Champions 2013, launched projects including Leigh Centurion TV and behind the scenes have dealt with financial matters threatening the future stability of the club.
Mr Roddysaid: “it is fair to say that that the last three months have been challenging for the Board of Management whilst we have dealt with both organisational and financial issues at the same time galvanising everybody connected with the club to focus on our future success and stability.
"Following a recent general meeting of the shareholders both the club and me personally are now in a position to consolidate my role as Chairman and I am delighted to accept the position knowing I can now concentrate my energy and focus on achieving Leigh Centurions’ rightful place in the upper echelons of the rugby league structure once that is formatted.
“I would like to thank the Thomas family and in particular Darren Thomas for his part in ensuring the club was finally able to progress with the new board and hopefully achieve the goals shared by his late father Arthur Thomas.
"Arthur would have loved nothing more than to see Leigh battling with Wigan and St Helens on a regular basis and we are committed to doing everything in our power to one day achieve that on his behalf.
"I would also like to place on record the new Board’s appreciation of the assistance of Allan Rowley, Steve Grainey, Steve Pike, Phil Coffey and Professor Barry Dale for their assistance without which we wouldn’t be in this current position to take the club forward.”
Following the acquisition of the club the new board has held very successful meetings with the RFL, Wigan Council, Leigh Sports Village and associated groups and there is no doubt the club is now in a strong position to pave the way for a successful and sustainable period.
“The meetings with our key partners were extremely positive and fill me with confidence that our fantastic club can achieve what the fans and people of Leigh deserve. We have an amazing facility befitting of a super league side and it is my job with the rest of the board to achieve that goal. We have been overwhelmed by the positive messages of support from our supporters both local, national and international getting firmly behind our initiatives. The NRC final was an incredible day for the team and our supporters and one which I will personally remember forever. It was that win and seeing our supporters celebrating the win, which made the decision to become Chairman when offered a very easy decision.
“Finally I think it is very important that I confirm that we have collectively been working very closely with team coach, Paul Rowley in our planning and response to the 2014 season and the following seasons.
"Clearly Leigh Centurions needs to be prepared for the changes which will occur within the league structure and I am very keen to ensure that Paul has the financial resource to compete at the highest level.
"Following the acquisition the new board are now in a position to introduce their capital to make this happen. We still have the remainder of the season to focus upon and I urge all supporters to work with us to give us the very best chance of progressing and securing the Championship Grand Final 2013 trophy - our supporters in my opinion are the best and loudest in our league and to progress to the final at the Leigh Sports Village our very own home would be an incredible experience for us all and our wider community.”
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