LEIGH Centurions coach Paul Rowley has been honoured by being named one of the five Personalities of 2014 in the prestigious League Express Rugby League Annual 2014-15.
“To be named alongside people like Sam Burgess is a huge honour,” said Rowley who guided Leigh to the Kingstone Press Championship last season.
“It’s great to get recognition as an individual but it also raises the profile of Leigh Centurions. You can’t buy awards like that so I was buzzing when I found out.”
Leigh’s head of rugby Derek Beaumont is delighted that his achievements have been acknowledged in this way.
“For Paul to be nominated for being one of the top five personalities in the whole of the Rugby League in the year is a really great honour to be bestowed upon him and the Club,” Mr Beaumont said.
“It is magnificent and knowing Paul as I do and the man he is, I know he will be really proud.
“Paul has come a long way from the dynamic, gutsy hooker who wore his heart on his sleeve and who scored over one hundred tries in over 400 games, most in the top flight. He was Leigh’s youngest ever captain and represented his country in the 2000 World Cup. He had a great playing career.
“But Paul has now matured into a very intelligent coach who is respected by his players and his peers.
“It is brilliant to once again be bringing Leigh Centurions more positive news into the media arena.”
Paul Wellens, Sam Burgess, Daryl Clark and Joe Burgess were the other nominated personalities of the year from Yearbook co-editors Tim Butcher and Daniel Spencer.
League Express Rugby League Yearbook 2014-15 is now in its 19th year and is acknowledged as the leading reference book and annual on the sport.