Leigh boss shrugs off awards snub

Leigh coach Paul Rowley. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography

Leigh coach Paul Rowley. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography

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PAUL Rowley says winning back-to-back Championship Leaders Shields more than makes up for missing out on the Coach of the Year Award again.

Last year Paul Cooke the then Doncaster coach pipped Rowley to the accolade then on Monday night Richard Marshall of Halifax won the title.

Rowley guided Leigh to the top of the Championship, losing just once at London during a remarkable season which also included Challenge Cup wins over Salford and Wakefield.

But it was his former Leigh team-mate Marshall who got the vote on Monday.

“It is nice that a new coach gets a confidence boost with an award,” said Rowley. “Richard has done a good job at Halifax and they deserved to beat us last Sunday.

“As a club we expect nothing from anyone else and believe in ourselves. It was good to win the Coach award a few years ago but I am more proud of our achievements as a club finishing top of the Championship for two years running.”

Leigh play Bradford on Saturday needing a win to stand any chance of making the Super 8 qualifiers fourth versus fifth play-off.