22nd May 2018, 15:00 | Leigh
Leigh Centurions have confirmed the appointment of Kieron Purtill as Head Coach on a permanent basis.
The former Leigh captain, who is sponsored this year by Not Just Travel, has been acting as caretaker coach since Neil Jukes resigned early in the season and has recently overseen a winning run of eleven games including last Saturday’s Betfred Championship 42-20 defeat of Featherstone Rovers.
Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont told Leigh's website: “It has been a very difficult time at the Club with the start we had and it has certainly tested my resolve. There is still a long way to go but I feel it is an appropriate time to make it known that I have no intentions of appointing a coach other than confirming Kieron Purtill in the role.
“I haven’t been actively seeking a coach for some time as I have been satisfied with Kieron’s performance and the feedback I have received from the senior players alongside the results on the pitch. I sat down with Kieron after Neil’s departure and told him it was a results driven business and he would be given a fair chance at it.
Thanks everyone for the comments 👍 pic.twitter.com/1P6kfMamph— Kieron Purtill (@Kbones_p) May 22, 2018
“Kieron has done a terrific job to stabilise the Club and get it where it deserves to be. Saturday’s win at Featherstone was an important win and a very tough result to achieve and it is only fair that Kieron takes the boys to Blackpool to face Toronto as the rightful Head Coach of this Club. His loyalty, work ethic and morals are of the highest order and his passion is there for all to see.
“I also would like to place on record the recognition of the hard work, support and passion of Paul Anderson in assisting Kieron.
“As I say the journey is far from over but the Club is in a position to be able to make the four and stake a claim to return to Super League. I remain committed to supporting Kieron in doing that and would also like to thank all our loyal fans who have stuck with us and continue to do so."
Kieron Purtill added: “I’d like to thank Derek for giving me this opportunity as it is a huge honour to coach Leigh Centurions and one that means a lot to me on a personal basis.
“We have worked hard as a group and I am really pleased for the players and staff as my appointment is recognition of their efforts.
“I’d also like to thank the fans for their tremendous backing which means so much to us all.
“We all are aware that we are nowhere near where we need to be but we will continue to do our utmost to continue the progress we have made with the ambition of taking our Club back into Super League.”