Rob Parker has been named as the new Leigh Centurions general manager.
The former forward was forced to retire from playing at the end of last season because of injury.
During the early part of 2013, Parker was appointed business manager while still captaining the Centurions team. Working with members of the board, he secured numerous sponsorship deals which greatly assisted the club to create a solid platform to prepare for the 2014 season.
On retirement the former England, Bradford, Salford and Warrington player further enhanced his role to incorporate other key business functions within the clubs activities including match-day operations, community liaison and club day to day operations.
John Roddy chairman of Leigh Centurions said: “The Board have been greatly impressed not only with Rob’s transition from his playing career into commercial management, but also in his natural instinct and capability to develop great relationships and energy to deliver results. Our supporters may not see Rob’s increasing role behind the scenes managing match day operations and the team of volunteers on duty at the same time ensuring that our supporters enjoy their match day experience with us.
“Rob will lead the support team within the club, including an enhanced sales team shortly to be introduced and clearly he is the natural choice to take on this wider role and to support our ambitions for the 2014 season.”
“On behalf of the board we wish Rob the very best success!”
Parker said: “This is an extremely proud day for me in so many ways. The faith shown in me from John Roddy and his board of directors from day one has been key to my progress and transition into my new role as General Manager of Leigh Centurions. I genuinely look forward to helping my home town club grow from strength to strength in the 2014 season and beyond, as we embark on our quest for Super League.”