Donohue takes new role at Centurions

Jason Donohue, Leigh's new general manager
Jason Donohue, Leigh's new general manager

Former Leigh player Jason Donohue has been appointed the club’s new general manager.

The former Leigh halfback who is also Chairman of the Leigh Centurions Players Association joins the Club in a full-time role with immediate effect.

Explaining the appointment Leigh Centurions Head of Rugby and club owner Derek Beaumont said: “Our operations director, Allan Rowley has been poorly lately and as he fulfilled such a vital full-time role in the club’s structure his absence has left a big hole.

“With Allan’s full support we have appointed Jason to take over some of his roles and responsibilities and as the club grows the pair of them should be able to work together in the future.

“Allan receives our full support and the best wishes of everyone at the club for a very speedy recovery and is making good progress and retains his fantastic sense of humour.

“Jason was a popular player for Leigh who was the second youngest player to play for the Club. He earned Great Britain Under-21s honours and then moved on to play at the highest level for clubs like Leeds and Bradford and played at Wembley in the 1996 Challenge Cup Final.

“But Leigh has always been in his heart and he returned to play again at Leigh and later had a spell as assistant coach to Paul Terzis.

“In more recent years he has been an inspirational Chairman of the Players Association and the success of the Association is testimony to his drive and dedication.

“Jason has put his teaching career on hold in order to take on this role and we are grateful to the staff at Westleigh Methodists Primary School for allowing him to take on this role so quickly.

“Jason will assist commercial executive Amanda Lee on the commercial side as well as overseeing many operational roles and his drive, energy, ambition and love of the club make him another great signing.

“I know this appointment will also help Allan to relax and take his time to recover. He is so anxious about the club I know he was getting stressed that his good work wasn’t being continued and that isn’t good for him at this stage.

“I would also like to thank everyone for their well wishes for Allan, not just our own fans and sponsors but RFL officials and officials of other clubs. Allan is a well-respected person within the game and he has drawn comfort from everyone’s support and good wishes.”