Leigh Centurions chief executive Allan Rowley has stepped down from the club.
Mr Rowley ended his decades-long professional association with the Centurions when he announced his retirement last night (Thursday).
The club announced that he will be now become a life member of the club.
His involvement with Leigh started in 1971, making his debut as a front rower against Wakefield.
He made 123 first team appearances over the following eight seasons. He was then transferred to Workington Town for £7,000.
He returned to Leigh as an assistant coach and went on to serve as commercial director before accepting roles with St Helens and rugby union outfit, Sale Sharks.
Mr Rowley said: “After representing the club for such a long time and being involved in the game in general for 44 years or so, I realise how lucky I am compared to my dad for instance who left school at the same age and spent all his working career apart from a few years down the mines.
“We have experienced many highs and some lows during my time at Leigh but I am grateful to the club for my time here, where I have made many friends throughout the game which has left me with many memories.
“I am now looking forward to watching the team reach our Super League target and I wish Derek and Neil and the team all the very best and will be shouting as loud as anyone albeit from the lofty heights of a life member’s seat.”
Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont said: “Allan has been a great servant to Leigh for many years and in particular both of my stints at the club.
“He is a personal friend and also had a positive contribution to my business during his time there.
“He is a very knowledgeable and respected man in the rugby league world and I am delighted to honour him as a life member of our club where he can continue to be respected and represent the club with honour for the rest of his days.
“I will look forward to continuing watching our team on its journey with Allan from the directors’ box.”