LEIGH Centurions’ General Manager is returning to his native New Zealand.
In a statement Blackmore, who has been at the club for eight months, said: “It is with great regret that I will no longer be a part of the Leigh Centurions team. Regrettably with my family we have come to the conclusion to return home to New Zealand and explore other opportunities.
“The chance we were given by the club has been one we will always be grateful for and has allowed us the opportunity to learn new skills and make new friends all of which has added richness to our life. The way the supporters and organisations such as LISA and Touchdown have welcomed us from the very beginning has made our time here so much smoother.
Thanking all his colleagues at the club, he added: “Without doubt the Centurions bug is now in our blood and we will always watch how the club progress and deep down will be cheering them on – but not against Castleford and Leeds!
“On behalf of myself and my family I would like to thank everyone for their wonderful gestures and wish the club all the very best as they continue to plot their way toward Super League.”
CEO of Leigh Centurions, Trevor Barton, said: “On behalf of everyone at the club we are sad that Richie is leaving us. He has a real passion for the game. We hope his experiences with us will stand him in good stead for whatever the future has in store. We wish him all the very best”
And Keith Freer the Chairman of the club, added; “I am genuinely sad that Richie is returning home – he is a good man but we must respect him and his family’s wishes. He will always be welcome back”