16th January 2021, 10:22 | Leigh
Leigh Centurions have named Garreth Carvell as their Head of Rugby ahead of the 2021 Betfred Super League season.
As a player, Carvell’s career spanned three decades with the prop-forward playing almost 300 Betfred Super League games for Leeds, Gateshead Thunder, Warrington Wolves, Hull FC and Castleford Tigers.
Carvell won the Challenge Cup on three occasions with Warrington Wolves and was a part of Hull FC’s memorable 2005 victory over Leeds at Cardiff. He was named in the 2011 Betfred Super League Dream Team.
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.
On the move, 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.
“My time at Salford and with the Rugby League Players Association has given me a good grounding in many aspects of the game since my playing career ended and I intend to fully play my part in the team effort to ensure Leigh Centurions take full advantage of this great opportunity.”
Leigh Centurions Owner, Derek Beaumont, added: “As a result of the successful application to the Betfred Super League, a lot of additional work we want to undertake was identified, in order to build a successful and sustainable Super League club.
“Although it wasn’t contained as part of our bid in the revised operational structure of a successful application, I always had it in mind after tentative talks with Garreth to appoint a Head of Rugby. Given my knowledge of Garreth’s skills and experience, along with a reassuring chat with my good friend Marwan Koukash, his former employer, he was the ideal candidate to approach.”