Swinton Lions have appointed Andy Mazey as their new chairman and also released a statement about their future.
Previously a board member at Leigh Centurions, Andy through his business SR Waite Group, is a current sponsor of the Lions and has also spent much of the last three years assisting on the commercial side at Leigh East.
Talking to www.swintonlionsrlfc.com, Andy said, ““It is an absolute honour to become Chairman of a club with such a rich heritage as Swinton Lions.
“Since the extent of the club’s financial problems came to light, there have been some outstanding efforts from Swinton supporters. That level of passion and commitment to the club is ultimately what persuaded me that Swinton Lions is a club worth investing in, and one that can have a bright future. I have also witnessed at first hand the tremendous efforts of Alan, Steve and David to keep the club alive in stressful and often overwhelming circumstances, and their determination and love for the club also persuaded me that Swinton Lions was a club worth helping. Also, despite the troubled background, Stuart (Littler), Jay (Duffy) and all the players and staff have never given less than 100%.
“The game of Rugby League is my passion and I have been fortunate to have some great times in both the professional and community games over a number of years. However, the challenge of taking Swinton Lions forward and leading this new management team, together with our loyal volunteers and fantastic supporters, is one that has really wet my appetite.
“The focus now is to continue our recent efforts on and off the pitch to see out the 2017 season successfully, whilst developing a sustainable business model to move forward in the months and years ahead. We have a clear goal to get this club back home to M27 which will enable us to maximize our potential and fully re-engage the community of Swinton & Pendlebury and its young people – who are of course the Lions’ players, coaches and supporters of the future.”
The remainder of the management structure features Steve Wild who will look after day-to-day operational matters, and Alan Marshall who will head up on financial matters. A representative of the Supporters’ Trust will also be invited onto the team, who at this point in time will be the Trust Chairman and ex-Swinton secretary Steve Moyse. Also acting in an advisory capacity will be the club President David Jones.