Roddy explains reasons for standing down as Centurions chairman

Former Leigh Centurions chairman John Roddy
Former Leigh Centurions chairman John Roddy
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Outgoing Leigh Centurions chairman John Roddy has been outlining the reasons for his decision to leave the post.

On Wednesday night he used Twitter to say: “I am no longer chairman of Leigh Centurions - realised that after our win against Fev that my job was done - thank you for the brill messages.”

The businessman became Leigh chairman on a permanent basis last August having previously been interim chairman for three months.

Roddy was a key figure as the club formed a new Board of Management which took over the day-to-day running of the club.

In a statement today, Roddy said: “Having enjoyed watching our great team’s achievements this season I have decided it is now an appropriate time for me to step down from my role and hand over to a new chairman. The recent growth of my business demands more of my time making it increasingly difficult to continue to contribute at the level I feel is necessary.

“I have enjoyed my time immensely and have been part of something very special, I wish Paul Rowley all the success in the world, together with his coaching team and of course all the squad. I would also like to thank all the support staff and volunteers for their sterling contribution which they provide seven days a week.

“The Board of Management at Leigh are a brilliant team of individuals, very capable and forward thinking and I am confident that my departure will cause no difficulties for them whatsoever. I am proud that I leave the club in a much stronger position than when I accepted the position of chairman. I wish now to spend more time with my family however at some point who knows I might find myself back involved in RL in the future!”

On behalf of the club, Michael Norris stated: “We are disappointed that John has stepped down but in view of the recent growth in his business it has been inevitable for some time. John officially joined the Board when we were at our lowest point and has been a steady hand on the tiller through some very challenging times.

“He leaves us in a much stronger position and on behalf of the Board, coaching, playing and support staff and all our volunteers and supporters I wish to thank him for what he has done to help get us to where we are today.”

In the short term John’s responsibilities will be shared by the rest of the Board of Management.

Leigh Centurions currently top the Kingstone Press Championship and have won 12 successive games in 2014 - their best ever start to a season. Leigh are also in the last eight of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup where they’ll face Leeds Rhinos.