Leigh Centurions have confirmed that caretaker head coach Kieron Purtill has been appointed as the Befred Championship team’s chief on a permanent basis.
Having been at the helm on a temporary basis since previous incumbent Neil Jukes left the club in February, the former Leigh player has guided his team to eleven straight victories – that after they had lost three of their first four matches in 2018 under Jukes.
Leigh owner Derek Beaumont shared that “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 did go to market for a proven, experienced coach but deep inside I knew it was just a name and that Kieron was up to the job.” He further added that “Kieron has earned the title of Head Coach and when watching the game against Salford and hearing him referred to as caretaker I didn’t feel that was right and thought it was disrespectful to him when I have no intentions of replacing him in the role.”
Purtill himself said that “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.”