Steve Ferres has resigned as chief executive of Castleford, after growing frustrated at the lack of action from the club’s board.
Ferres was brought in last season to help the Tigers correct a number of off-field issues, and help push the club forward, towards any possible Super League licence application that may or may not be required in 2014.
During his time at the Wish Communications Stadium, he has introduced a membership scheme, with nearly 4000 members now signed-up, and increased season ticket sales by 25%.
In a statement, Ferres said: “As CEO I believe I have a moral obligation to everyone associated to the Tigers from its staff to the players and right through to its loyal fans. Since the board is not in a position to support the multitude of changes that I believe must take place now in order for Castleford to continue to compete at Super League level, I feel I have no option other than to offer my resignation.
“I am an extremely proud man and a proud Castleford man at that so please rest assured that this decision was not made lightly.
“I would like to thank the fans for their fantastic support and indeed the staff for their hard work in implementing the new membership scheme. The club requires significant investment in order to continue and I truly hope the board can secure the necessary financial support in the coming months.
“I have informed the board that I am willing to offer my support in an advisory capacity should it be required.”
Ferres has previously held similar roles at York and Wakefield and also sat on a RFL taskforce brought in in 2009 to offer guidance and support for all professional rugby league clubs.