Leigh Centurions have confirmed the appointment of Garreth Carvell as the Club’s new head of rugby ahead of the 2021 season.
Carvell had an outstanding playing career that stretched over three decades. His career began at Leeds Rhinos in the late 1990s and ended at Featherstone Rovers in 2015.
Since his playing retirement he was appointed player welfare officer, later head of youth and in an assistant coach’s role at Salford Red Devils before re-launching and heading the Rugby League Players Association in January 2018 with backing from the GMB Union to a position where it now has over 900 members.
Reacting to the news, Carvell said: “I’m looking forward to an exciting and no doubt challenging 2021. I can’t wait to get started. I’m really excited to be working for Derek and the club.
“Leigh is a club with a great history and tradition and the supporters are very passionate about the club and the game. Our immediate focus and challenge is to stay in Super League, enjoy the experience and build the club on and off the field.
There are some great people involved in the club and I shall be working closely with them to achieve our goals.”
Owner Derek Beaumont added: “As a result of the successful application to the Super League, a lot of additional work we want to undertake was identified, in order to build a successful and sustainable Super League club.
“I like to employ ex-players where possible in the club, given their obvious understanding of the game. Garreth has already proven himself in various roles of the game and has a proven track record with player welfare and academy structures, something the club is keen to commence building this year.
“I had already committed funds to the club this year for the recruitment based on Championship status, therefore given the additional funding from Super League, as well as adding players we will utilise the additional income to strengthen the off-field team and this is a significant step towards achieving that.”