Leigh Centurions: Rowley resigns as coach

Paul Rowley. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography
Paul Rowley. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography
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Reports this morning suggest that Paul Rowley has resigned as Leigh Centurions coach for personal reasons.

In a statement on the Total RL website, Rowley said: “It is with a heavy heart I have decided to resign of coach of Leigh Centurions.

“My reasons for leaving are personal and I will not comment further in public or in private.

“I thank the players for everything they have given me and the club. My only regret is that I will not be there this year to lead them once more.

“I thank my friends and my family for their support in my decision.

“I love Leigh, my club, and I thank all the supporters for their support for me as a player and more recently for their support in my journey as coach.”

The club has yet to make a comment on the resignation.

Rowley became Leigh head coach in 2011 having work as assistant to Ian Millward.

He was Championship Coach of the year in 2012 and led Leigh to the Northern Rail Cup in 2013.

In 2014, Leigh enjoyed their best ever season in terms of results and they won the Championship Grand Final and League Leaders Shield.

Last season Centurions again won the Championship Leaders Shield but they faltered in the end of season play-offs, finishing bottom of the so-called Middle 8s.

Leigh have recruited heavily for the new season which kicks off on February 7.

As a player, Rowley made his Leigh debut as a 17-year-old in 1993 and toured Australia in 1994 with the Great Britain Academy squad.

He went on to play for Halifax and Huddersfield before returning to Leigh in 2001 and was part of the side which won promotion to Super League in 2004.

Rowley retired as a player in 2007.