10th August 2018, 19:58 | Leigh

Cunningham leaves Leigh

Cunningham leaves Leigh

Leigh have announced the departure of head of rugby Keiron Cunningham, the former St Helens head coach.

Cunningham, 41, joined the Centurions 12 months ago but has become part of an exodus prompted by the club’s failure to finish in the top four of the Championship, thereby missing out on a tilt at promotion back to Super League.

Australian players Daniel Mortimer and Kyle Lovett have also left the club by mutual consent, following the earlier exits of Peter Mata’utia, Harrison Hansen, Bodene Thompson, Jordan Thompson, Ben Crooks and Craig Hall.

Leigh owner Derek Beaumont, who has announced his intention to leave the club at the end of the season, said: “I would like to thank Kieron for his time at the club.

“He has been very loyal to me and was devastated by the shortcomings of the squad.

“He feels very much for me and the position this has left the club in and realises that it can’t survive unless the contracts it’s obligated to are removed.

“To that end he has terminated his contract with immediate effect having worked hard in the transfer week to find other clubs for some of the higher earners.”