Paul Rowley has resigned from Leigh Centurions.
In a shocking twist, the head coach, who has taken the club to the top of the Championship in his tenure, revealed his resignation in a short statement to TotalRL journalists.
“It is with a heavy heart I have decided to resign of coach of Leigh Centurions,” he said.
“My reasons for leaving are personal and I will not comment further in public or in private.
“I thank the players for everything they have given me and the club. My only regret is that I will not be there this year to lead them once more.
“I thank my friends and my family for their support in my decision.
“I love Leigh, my club, and I thank all the supporters for their support for me as a player and more recently for their support in my journey as coach.”
The news comes just ten days before the start of the Kingstone Press Championship season.