Leigh have finally appointed a new coach ahead of the 2012 season – handing Paul Rowley a two-year deal.
Rowley, 36, has been in charge of the first team since the departure of Ian Millward at the end of last season, and had been expected to make way for an overseas coach, but visa complications have delayed that process.
However, chairman Keith Freer has now confirmed Rowley’s appointment as first team coach, although the Centurions do hope to appoint a General Manager from overseas as soon as possible.
In a statement, Freer said: “Paul’s appointment reflects the significant work that has been undertaken by Paul and the existing coaching staff in the development of the squad and the recent performances.
“The delay in appointing the general manager due to the problems with the UK Border Agency has meant that it would be in the interests of the first team that this appointment be made now and alleviate the uncertainty which was starting to evolve.
“Paul has worked tirelessly over the past few months in developing the first team squad and now making this appointment enables them to move forward with certainty and give the boost to the first team squad knowing that the future is certain.”
Rowley previously took charge of the Centurions a few seasons ago, before being replaced by Neil Kelly. He ended his playing career at the then Hilton Park, having played in Super League with Halifax and Huddersfield.